"I know a lot more about my team," head coach Mike Anderson said. "I got a chance to see my team perform against very good competition. They got a chance to understand the things that are going to be demanded of them, the sense of urgency they've got to play with."
The Hogs are back at home in the friendly confines but the challenge of this early season gauntlet continues. Arkansas plays two top ten teams over its next three games.
"We can learn a lot. We have a bunch of young guys so it's going to help us in our conference play," junior forward Marshawn Powell explained. "All these preseason games are getting us ready for our conference play."
"It's going to be good for our team to just kind of see where we are," freshman forward Jacorey Williams said. "I felt like we grew as a team in Vegas but we just didn't come out with the W. Hopefully we can put two halves together and come out with a win on Friday."
"We want to be one of the better teams in the country so we get a chance first hand with this particular slate," Anderson added.
If Vegas luck won't help the Hogs, maybe history will. Arkansas won its only other meeting with the Orange back in 1995.