Wednesday's SEC opener at Texas A&M has been a game Arkansas has had circled on their calendar since the start of the season.
And they'll ride into college station high on confidence.. with a little payback on their minds.
"The progress is continuing and we're going to need it to continue at a rapid pace as we get into conference play." says Mike Anderson.
Progress has been a process for mike anderson through the Hogs first 13-non-conference games. An 11-2 record is indicitative of a dramatic improvement in his 3rd season as head coach. But none of that matters with the start of SEC play.
"All records are null and void now. Everybody is zero and zero and so you jump into the SEC. Everybody talks about how down it is..but i don't think it's down as everybody thinks it is." says Anderson
Winners of seven straight..morale has been higher than its ever been to begin conference play. Even more so, going on the road, where Arkansas has found little success.
"We feel confident. We're ready to play. We're excited that we open up on the road." says Kikko Haydar
"We've got to come out and be ready to play Texas A&M. We have to come out strong and come out swinging to get the win." says Rashad Madden
"The intensity goes up 20-times. Twenty notches. So, we got to be able to take the same show that we do here and take it on the road. That's going to be our mindset." says Anderson.
Unlike last season at A&M...where the Razorbacks mindset was non-existent. Arkansas suffered an 18-point loss...getting outhustled and outrebounded by 22.
"We don't want to have the same thing happen to us, that happened last year. We just want to come out and get the win." says Madden.
"We remember what happened and we're ready to go. We can't guarantee any victories or anything like that, but we can guarantee that we're going to play as hard as we can." says Haydar.
Effort is what Arkansas has been missed over the last 10-years. And Wednesday will be a good indicator on whether this team is ready for the next step.
"We haven't done anything yet. We're excited for the opportunity and we know how the past has gone and we're ready to breakthrough and start something new." says Haydar.