FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas is supposed to overwhelm opponents with its defensive pressure, winning games by taking advantage of ball-handling blunders.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas is supposed to overwhelm opponents with its defensive pressure, winning games by taking advantage of ball-handling blunders.

The Razorbacks found out what it was like to be on the other end of the press at Tennessee on Tuesday night. Arkansas fumbled passes, made poor decisions and turned the ball over a season-high 18 times. It’s no surprise the carelessness played a big role in the Razorbacks’ first Southeastern Conference loss.

"I thought we were very casual with the basketball," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said after the 75-69 loss. "I thought that’s the most casual that our team’s been."

Anderson said the 19th-ranked Razorbacks (13-3, 2-1 in SEC) plan to have the turnover troubles solved in time for tonight’s game against Ole Miss (10-6, 1-2 in SEC) in Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas will try to keep its 16-game home win streak intact and avoid a second straight SEC loss against the Rebels, who have a history of frustrating the Razorbacks. Especially in Fayetteville.

Arkansas knows it must play much better than it did at Tennessee to avoid another disappointing performance. Every Arkansas starter had at least two turnovers in the loss, including a team-high four by forward Bobby Portis.

Anderson said it was an eye-opening result, considering the Razorbacks had averaged just 11.9 turnovers a game entering the Tennessee trip. He was disappointed Arkansas failed to take care of the ball on the road, but is confident it won’t become a trend as the Razorbacks return to Bud Walton Arena.

"We had a bump," Anderson said. "A lot of teams have bumps and the good teams, I think, they have short-term memories and figure out the things they’ve got to do right to get better. This team will continue to get better, and there are times when you take a little step back. The step back for us was — and it kind of opened my eyes up — was valuing the basketball. We turned the ball over entirely too much."

Tennessee capitalized on Arkansas’ errors, outscoring the Razorbacks 27-15 off turnovers. It’s a statistic Arkansas typically dominates. But the Vols became the third team to out-Arkansas the Hogs, joining Iowa State (22-16) and Dayton (17-11).

"We should have been more prepared," Arkansas guard Michael Qualls said. "You know, you’ve got to just catch the ball. A lot of stuff just came from not catching the ball and throwing it away. Like I said, that’s not going to happen every night."

Arkansas went to work cleaning up its mistakes Thursday in preparation for Ole Miss. The Rebels are coming off a home loss to LSU (75-71) on Wednesday, but have solid nonconference wins against Cincinnati, Oregon and Creighton.

The Rebels also pushed unbeaten Kentucky to the brink in the SEC opener last week, falling 89-86 in overtime in Rupp Arena. So Arkansas guard Anthlon Bell said the Razorbacks know another challenge awaits tonight.

"We know we have to come in and put in extra work, work on the mistakes we know we made that didn’t help us win at Tennessee," Bell said.

The junior would love repeat his performance in last season’s 110-80 win against Ole Miss. Bell went 11-for-13 from the field, made six 3-pointers and led Arkansas’ late-season romp with a career-high 28 points.

It was one of the few big nights the Razorbacks have enjoyed against the Rebels, though. Ole Miss has been a nuisance to Arkansas under coach Andy Kennedy, who is 10-4 against the Razorbacks in his eight seasons.

Ole Miss had won six straight in the series — including three in a row in Bud Walton Arena — before last season’s loss. Kennedy has reshaped his roster after Marshall Henderson’s departure, but veterans Jarvis Summers (14.3 points a game) and LaDarius White (12.1) lead the Rebels along with newcomer Stefan Moody (14.8).

"Oh, they’re going to come to play," Anderson said. "It’s going to be a whale of a game. They just lost, so they are steaming from that loss, and we’re steaming from a loss as well. So, it should be a great game, great atmosphere."

Anderson said Arkansas must cut back on the mistakes if it plans to get back on track after the Tennessee loss. He’s confident the Razorbacks will accomplish it.

"We’ll clean that up," Anderson said. "That won’t be an issue. We’ll clean that up."


Ole Miss (10-6, 1-2 in SEC) at No. 19 Arkansas (13-3, 2-1 in SEC)

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bud Walton Arena


Radio: Razorback Sports Network

Series: Arkansas leads 42-30

Last Meeting: Arkansas 110, Ole Miss 80 on 3/5/2014

Coaches: Arkansas — Mike Anderson (72-42 in fourth season); Ole Miss — Andy Kennedy (181-107 in ninth season)

Projected Lineup: Arkansas — F Bobby Portis (6-11, So., 18.0 ppg), F Jacorey Williams (6-8, Jr., 6.7 ppg), G Michael Qualls (6-6, Jr., 15.8 ppg), G Ky Madden (6-5, Sr., 9.3 ppg), G Jabril Durham (6-1, Jr., 2.6 ppg); Ole Miss —C M.J. Rhett (6-9, Sr., 6.6 ppg), F Sebastian Saiz (6-9, So., 7.3 ppg), G LaDarius White (6-6, Sr., 12.1 ppg), G Stefan Moody (5-10, Jr., 14.8 ppg), G Jarvis Summers (6-3, Sr., 14.3 ppg)