Before heading to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to battle Georgia Tech on Thanksgiving Day, Arkansas will face a program headed by a coach named Barclay Radebaugh.
Radebaugh’s Charleston Southern squad was in the NIT last season after winning the Big South Conference regular season title and then getting upset in the opening round of the league tournament.
The Buccaneers (1-2) will visit the Razorbacks (1-1) in a 7 p.m. clash at Bud Walton Arena in another game in the NIT Preseason Tournament.
Arkansas is coming in off an 88-80 home loss to Akron (3-0) on Wednesday.
“That is going to be our job, for them to have short-term memory and get them back on task,” Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said.
“…Hopefully in their mind they understand the effort that you have to come with, no matter where you play at home, on the road, or neutral. You have to have effort for 40 minutes of the game.”
Arkansas junior shooting guard Dusty Hannahs, who had 16 points on Wednesday night, is anxious to hit the court again.
“After a loss, we would play tomorrow if we could to go get this taste out of our mouths,” Hannahs said after Wednesday’s loss.
Charleston Southern comes into this game off a 97-65 win over Johnson and Wales Wednesday night in its home opener.
It had previously lost at Wichita State (88-63) and at Stanford (93-59) to start the season.
"We are three games in with nine new players so we are still figuring it out," Radebaugh said. "We are trying to find our rotations and trying to get comfortable. Arkansas is a tough team, and we know it will be a big challenge. We just need to keep focus on getting better within a tough opening stretch.”
“…We've played three games in six days and have traveled across the country so we're a tired team a little bit. We have a ton we need to work on and get better at, but we're happy to walk out with a win tonight."
The Buccaneers are led by 6-1 junior guard Patrick Wallace (12.3), 6-2 senior Demetrius Pollard (11.7), 6-1 freshman guard Amel Potter (9.7), 6-8 sophomore forward Javis Howard 7.7 and 6-4 senior forward Aaron Wheeler (7.0).
Wallace and Potter both had 14 points each in the Wednesday night.
Arkansas has been led in scoring so far by 6-10 junior center Moses Kingsley (19.5, 12.0), 6-3 senior guard Anthlon Bell (18.5) and the 6-4 Hannahs (18.5).
Freshman Jimmy Whitt is fourth in scoring at 9.0 per game while point guard Jabril Duhram is averaging 7 assists a game and Trey Thompson 5.5 rebounds.
“We are going to get after it more on defense,” Kingsley said. “We have to do a better job of keeping people in front of us and we are goong to be better Friday than we did tonight.”