Four games into the 2017 SEC race the Razorbacks still do not have a win at home. Missouri, at 0-3 and sitting at the bottom of the league, would seem to be the perfect opponent for Arkansas to snap its rare two-game home losing streak. But head coach Mike Anderson is worried about his team’s lack of rebounding, especially on the defensive glass. The one thing Mizzou does really well, he says, is rebound.

“We’ve got to limit them to one shot because they will send three and four guys to the glass,” Anderson told reporters on the eve of the game. “So we’ve got to have all five guys in and then we’ve got to get it and make them pay at the other end. I think rebounding is toughness and you got to get guys in a position to go in there and rebound. Our forwards have got to rebound. I think when we’re really, really good our guards have got to rebound.”

Poor defense is the other weakness that has to change according to the head coach who explained a specific issue his guys have been working on in practice: “If we’re guarding the ball on the strong side our weak side is getting late in terms of helping so to me it’s just the rotation and our rotation has not been on point.”

Anderson acknowledged that both Florida and Mississippi State shot lights out in their wins in Bud Walton Arena but he said there’s answer for that too: “You get a guy like (Mississippi State’s Quinndary) Weatherspoon, he’s shooting from 25 feet out. Well, you make him shoot from 30 feet out. I just think we didn’t make that adjustment in that game.”

It may not show up in the standings but Anderson also believes that Missouri is an improved basketball team from a year ago, telling reporters, “They’ve been in games. They’ve got the addition of the (Jordan) Barnett kid who is a very good basketball player. Transferred in from Texas. Six-seven guard. Very athletic.”

Barnett is coming off a 20 point game against Auburn. He’s also averaging eight rebounds per game. Anderson also singled out a pair of sophomores, Terrence Phillips and Kevin Puryear, who played well against Arkansas last year.

Bud Walton Arena crowds have been less than energetic this season but Anderson said it’s on his players to change that. “When you’re playing conference games that intensity’s got to be at a high level,” Anderson stressed. “When you do that it gets our crowd involved and I think the adrenaline with our guys, it takes them to another level.”

Tip off between Arkansas and Missouri is Saturday at 5 p.m.