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