That's because Bud Walton Arena's water-damaged floor – which took on the water back on Sept. 20 - won't be ready until at least Monday according to head coach Mike Anderson.
So the Razorbacks – the only SEC school out of 14 currently without a basketball practice facility – will instead workout in the school HPER facility.
"We had some water that got a chance to invade Bud Walton Arena and now it has kept us off the floor for quite awhile," Anderson said. "But that being said…we should have a chance to practice on the court on Monday.
"…We will utilize the HPER Building for Saturday and Sunday and then we will get back to what I call home and get ready for year (20)13-14," Anderson added.
Anderson – whose team will have its Red-White game Sunday, Oct.27 at 3:30 p.m. - was asked if this is a prime illustration why Arkansas needs to get its promised basketball practice facility built sooner than later.
"The University is going to use this facility (Bud Walton Arena) for different events and then now we'll have a place we can go with a court for the women and a court for the men," added Anderson about what the practice facility would afford the teams.
"I think that is important, but the bottom line is it is for our student-athletes and obviously in recruiting it is a big sale," Anderson continued. "Because if you don't, people try to use it against you."
This venue setback might as well be used as a teaching lesson for the Razorbacks according to Anderson.
"We're going to face some adversity (this season)," Anderson said. "Just like with the arena. What do you do? We adjust. Good teams adjust."
Anderson, who was an assistant at Arkansas for 17 years, is beginning his third season as head coach of the Razorbacks after stints at UAB and Missouri.
"You've heard me talk about year three as the time that I think our guys really make a significant move," Anderson said. "Why I say that is that we established last year that when people come into Bud Walton Arena, it is going to be awfully difficult for them to come out of here (with a win)."
Arkansas – which has named seniors Kikko Haydar and Coty Clarke as co-captains this season - was 17-1 last season at home.
"We want them wondering – ‘man, it is pretty rough going up in there do we have a chance,'" Anderson added. "So let's build on that this year. All I am looking for is some improvement."
The Razorbacks – who have awarded Fred Gulley a scholarship for his senior season - were far from successful on the road while going 2-12 away from Bud Walton Arena.
"I didn't think we were a mentally tough team on the road," Anderson said. "I didn't think our defense was up to my standards that I want to play – at least consistently.
"…I didn't think we were a good shooting team," Anderson added. "I think we have got some guys that can shoot the basketball. I think the result of good shooting is good passing so we have got to be a more effective team where we share the basketball."
Anderson is excited about how much commitment his team has already shown to getting better.
"I am excited about what this team has done so far," Anderson said. "What I mean by that is you talk about commitment. This summer we had the whole team here and they were here for both summer sessions with the exception of (true freshman center) Moses Kingsley. Moses came in in July for the second summer session.
"Those guys were here for weights, conditioning, had pick-up games – all the different workouts," Anderson added. "We could workout individually with these kids. Our guys are committed and that excites me.
That has carried over into the fall.
"When they came in this fall, I thought they came with the right attitude," Anderson said. "That excites me. Those guys are excited to be here, working extremely hard and taking on the mindset ‘We Hogs.' I think our guys have the right attitude, right mindset and know there is going to be competition because now we have more guys who fit what we are doing with the addition of guys with size."
Arkansas lost leading scorers B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell from last season's 19-13 team that finished 10-8 in league play.
Everyone else returns from that squad and the Razorbacks have added in freshmen Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley – both top 50 players high school players nationally last season – as well as Houston transfer Alandise Harris and Fayetteville freshman Manuale Watkins.
"I think you are going to see a more balanced team," Anderson said. "Everyone talks about what we lost and we lost some good players and some guys that scored for us in Marshawn Powell and BJ Young. Those guys have moved on.
"So who is going to pick up the slack?" Anderson asked rhetorically. "I think it is going to be by committee. I think you are going to see a team that is more balanced. You'll see guys averaging from 13 to 11 to 10 points. Our bench will continue to be one of our stronger components to this basketball team."