That's the stage set for Tuesday night when the Razorbacks (13-8, 4-4) host the SEC-leading and second-ranked Gators (18-2, 8-0) in a 6 p.m. game at Bud Walton Arena.
"It's a Big Tuesday (on ESPN) game and we have a big challenge and a tremendous opportunity," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said, "against a Florida team… that is well put together and playing some tremendous basketball with having all most five guys averaging double figures."
Arkansas is 13-1 this season at home with the only loss to Syracuse (91-82) while Florida is riding a 10-game winning streak.
"I have said before Bud Walton is a great building to play basketball in," Florida head coach Billy Donovan said. "They have got great, great enthusiasm and passion by their fans. I think like most teams it is always more comfortable playing at home than on the road. The surroundings, the environment being on campus, it's different for everybody. But they are a very, very good basketball team.
"We will not prepare any differently as far as going in," Donovan added. "They are not really going to change who they are. Mike has a certain style of play and I am sure their players are a year older and a year better. I think it is difficult when you come in as a new coach at this level and you have inherited a team that maybe you are trying to play a certain style of play and getting your guys to understand that. I am sure they have a better awareness and better understanding of how they are going to play on both ends of the floor."
Arkansas has a pair of the league's top scorers in 6-3 sophomore guard B.J. Young (16.7) and 6-7 redshirt junior forward Marshawn Powell (15.3, 5.5).
Powell was hurt last season when the Gators humbled the Razorbacks 98-68 last season in Bud Walton Arena – the worst home loss ever in the history of a building that opened in 1993.
Florida led 53-27 at halftime of a game where it connected on 13-of-23 3-pointers.
"Mike has done a great job with his team," Donovan said. "And you are going to be dealing with the same stuff. It's not like they have one style of play home and one style on the road that's totally different. We have got to be prepared to handle the basketball and take care of the basketball. We have to do a good job there because they have got a lot of different weapons.
"They have two really explosive scorers in Young and with Powell being healthy and they also have some other guys capable of having big nights as well," Donovan said. "But we wouldn't prepare for them any differently based on playing them in Fayetteville."
Florida has been blowing its opponents out lately – home and away – and easily whipped league runner up Ole Miss 78-64 on Saturday.
The Gators had previously whipped South Carolina by 39, won at Mississippi State by 35, at Georgia by 17, hammered Missouri by 31, won at Texas A&M by 21, at LSU by 22 and started SEC play by routing Georgia by 33.
"When you beat teams by 25 and 30 in league play, that means you are really brewing something special," Anderson said.
Donovan believes that he does indeed.
"I think we obviously have played pretty good defense and we have shot a pretty high percentage from the field," Donovan said. "In the league we are shooting over 50 percent from the field and right around 42 percent from three. That obviously has enabled us to score some points.
"Defensively, we have done a good job the first eight games defending teams," Donovan added. "But I think every team is a little bit different just from what is being run on offense. "
Donovan certainly expects a tougher fight this season with Powell back in the line up.
"In the case with Arkansas going into this game they do a great job in their motion offense to create driving opportunities and drive and kicks." Donovan said. "Having Powell back is a different element there. "
Florida is a veteran team with 6-2 senior guard Kenny Boynton (13.4), 6-10, 238-pound sharp-shooting senior Erik Murphy (12.9, 43 3-pointers), 6-3 senior guard Mike Rosario (12.1), 6-9, 250-pound junior Patric Young (11.1, 6.8) and 6-2 junior Scottie Wilbekin (9.3).
"I think the guy who has really given them another dimension is Mike Rosario," Anderson said. "He is a guy that can shoot the three and go off the dribble. Billy has his whole team (back) and I think he likes it."
They also three players seeing significant minutes off the bench in 6-7, 240-pound French-born junior forward Will Yeguete (6.2), 6-6 junior swingman Casey Prather (5.8) and 6-4, 200-pounf freshman guard Michael Frazier II (5.6).
"I think like anything else when you have a group of players that have been through the ups and downs of a college basketball season you have an opportunity to grow, develop and get better," Donovan said. "Patric Young, last year for the first time in his career going into a starting role and being relied upon on a regular basis, was pretty inconsistent last year. He had some great moments and some not so great moments. He has gotten better from last year to this year in terms of his consistency.
"The same thing with Erik Murphy," Donovan added. "He went into a starting role last year and was a reserve now he is in a bigger role and is better off being a senior than a junior. I think you can say for all of our guys is when you have guys in the program who have been through the ups and downs there is the opportunity for growth in all areas.
"I think our players individually have understood the importance of getting better and how difficult it is to go through a league schedule like the SEC because every night you are challenged," Donovan continued.
This will be Arkansas' third game in six days – having lost 59-56 at Alabama last Thursday and then beating Tennessee 73-60 on Saturday.
"I'm sure our guys are challenged from the standpoint of playing games within a short period of time, but which would you rather do – practice or play games?" Anderson said. "If I put that question before all of them, they would say we would rather play. It does mean we are going to have to use some guys coming off the bench and they are going to have to play well."