Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson wanted to toughen up his team's nonconference schedule.

The 2012-13 schedules shows Anderson accomplished his goal.

The Razorbacks unveiled their completed schedule Monday, highlighting a five-game nonconference slate that includes neutral site games against Arizona State (Nov. 23) and Wisconsin or Creighton (Nov. 24), home games against Syracuse (Nov. 30) and Oklahoma (Dec. 4), and a road trip to play at Michigan (Dec. 8). It's an intriguing and challenging stretch during Arkansas' 13-game nonconference schedule, which begins with the season opener against Sam Houston State on Nov. 9.

“This schedule is definitely a challenge and we will be tested as a team early and often,” Anderson said in a statement Monday. “It is important to have a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for the SEC.”

The 13 nonconference games will lead into the 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, which begins against at Texas A&M on Jan. 8. The SEC schedule was released earlier this summer.

Below is the complete 31-game schedule:

ARKANSAS BASKETBALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE

Nov. 2 – Southwest Baptist (exhibition)

Nov. 5. – LeMoyne-Owen (exhibition)

Nov. 9 – Sam Houston State

Nov. 18 – Longwood

Nov. 20 – Florida A&M

Nov. 23 – vs. Arizona State (Las Vegas)

Nov. 24 – vs. Wisconsin/Creighton (Las Vegas)

Nov. 30 – Syracuse

Dec. 4 – Oklahoma

Dec. 8 – at Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Dec. 15 – Alcorn State

Dec. 20 – Robert Morris

Dec. 22 – Alabama A&M (North Little Rock)

Dec. 29 – Northwestern State

Jan. 5 – Delaware State

Jan. 8 – at Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)

Jan. 12 – Vanderbilt

Jan. 16 – Auburn

Jan. 19 – at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)

Jan. 23 – Mississippi State

Jan. 26 – at South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.)

Jan. 31 – at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Feb. 2 – Tennessee

Feb. 5 – Florida

Feb. 9 – at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.)

Feb. 13 – at Auburn (Auburn, Ala.)

Feb. 16 – Missouri

Feb. 21 – Georgia

Feb. 23 – at Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)

Feb. 27 – at LSU (Baton Rouge, La.)

March 2 – Kentucky

March 5 – at Missouri (Columbia, Mo.)

March 9 – Texas A&M

March 13-17 – SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau