FAYETTEVILLE - No, there was not another suite on fire inside Bud Walton Arena. The smoke you saw emanating from the cellar was from the burning of Arkansas’ game film from Tuesday’s game against Mississippi State.

FAYETTEVILLE - No, there was not another suite on fire inside Bud Walton Arena. The smoke you saw emanating from the cellar was from the burning of Arkansas’ game film from Tuesday’s game against Mississippi State.


The worst Razorbacks loss in SEC history is still fresh as the team heads up the road from Starkville into Oxford on Saturday at lunch time. Arkansas will play Ole Miss, each team hoping avoid a fall into the cellar of the conference.


If Tuesday’s 32-point loss to the Bulldogs wans’t motivation enough for Arkansas, little will be.


"We flushed that out of our system. We burned the tape and you move forward," Anderson said. "There is no use to it. They know what took place. There is no need in (showing players the tape)."


Fair enough. A fresh approach is probably best considering the Hogs’ recent success, or lack thereof, at Ole Miss. Arkansas has won just two of its last nine against Rebels in Mississippi. One of those two came last year, by one point and with Arkansas’ best team in 20 years.


Saturday may be just as tough. Ole Miss guard Stefan Moody is, at worst, the second most exciting player in the SEC. More importantly, he’s the best guard. Moody is only 5-foot-10 and he’s still an NBA prospect and the leading scorer in the SEC at 23.2 points per game. Throw in Sebastian Saiz, who is much more than a throw-in, as the second-leading rebounder in the league, and Ole Miss has an inside-out combination as good as any in the league.


Moody will be the biggest issue.


"We’re going to put people on him. May have to put two people on him. He’s that good," Anderson said. "His range is when he gets into the gym. He has that kind of range. And from what I’m looking at, he’s getting to the free throw line. He probably shoots more free throws than anybody in the country."


Arkansas has had varying degrees of success with the league’s best guards a little more than halfway through the SEC season. Tennessee’s Kevin Punter, the league’s No. 2 scorer, scored above his season high last week, but the Volunteers never stood a chance. Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis at Kentucky had mediocre games, but Kentucky rolled. Georgia’s J.J. Frazier played above-average and so did the Bulldogs, holding off Arkansas in Athens.


Figuring what to expect out of Moody on Saturday would probably yield the same success as determining how Arkansas will play as a whole. That is, there is no telling. Arkansas has alternated wins and losses in its last four games. A stretch in January saw the team win three straight, a season high, then lose three straight. The Razorbacks are just 1-4 on the road in SEC this season.


There was not actually smoke coming from Bud Walton Arena, but Anderson admits the Mississippi State game was the worst of the season. The game before, against Tennessee, was maybe the best of the year.


Just another trip for Arkansas basketball.


"That’s what baffles me right there. That is the question mark," Anderson said. "I still think our defense has got to continue to be effective. That’s what we’ve got to hang our hats on. And we have to take pride in it. I don’t know if there was much pride in it that particular night."


Today’s Ticket


Arkansas (12-12, 5-6 in SEC) at Ole Miss (15-9, 5-6)


When: 1 p.m.


Where: The Pavilion in Oxford, Mississippi


TV: ESPNU


Radio: Razorback Sports Network


Line: Ole Miss is favored by 2 1/2 points


Coaches: Arkansas - Mike Anderson (98-560 in fifth season); Andy Kennedy (207-123 in 10th season)


Projected lineups: Arkansas - G Jabril Durham (6-1, Sr., 6.2 ppg), G Anthlon Bell (6-3, Sr., 16.2 ppg), G Dusty Hannahs (6-3, Jr., 16.5 ppg), G Manny Watkins (6-3, Jr., 5.7 ppg), F Moses Kingsley (6-10, Jr., 15.9 ppg); Ole Miss - G Stefan Moody (5-10, Sr., 23.3 ppg), G Rasheed Brooks (6-5, Jr., 9.7 ppg), G Martavious Newby (6-3, Sr., 4.8 ppg), F Marcanvis Hymon (6-7, Fr., 6.3 ppg), F Sebastian Saiz (6-9, Jr., 12.3 ppg)