FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said his team’s practice and scrimmage sessions have been very competitive over the past three weeks.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said his team’s practice and scrimmage sessions have been very competitive over the past three weeks.


The Razorbacks will get their first chance to prove it Wednesday night.


Arkansas will hold its annual Red-White scrimmage in Bud Walton Arena at 7 p.m., putting its progress on display leading up to the Nov. 16 season opener against Alabama State. It’s the first of two scrimmages the Razorbacks will hold over the next several days. Arkansas also will travel to Central Arkansas to play a benefit scrimmage for tornado victims at Vilonia High School at 3 p.m. Sunday.


Anderson said they should be entertaining if practices are any indication.


"It’s been nip and tuck each and every game," Anderson said. "I think Saturday was the one time that one of the teams blew the other team out. We had a scrimmage about a week ago, we had officials in, and the score was 114-111 and it went two overtimes. I had to time it where it was just sudden death and somebody hit a shot to get it over with. That’s how competitive it’s been. Hopefully that’s a good sign."


Arkansas won’t follow the same script as last year’s Red-White scrimmage, when the program’s seven in-state players played the rest of the roster.


This season’s Red team includes Ky Madden, Anthlon Bell, Michael Qualls, Anton Beard, Moses Kingsley, Keaton Miles and Trey Thompson. It will compete against the White squad of Bobby Portis, Alandise Harris, Jabril Durham, Jacorey Williams, Nick Babb, Manuale Watkins and Dusty Hannahs.


"We’ve been practicing so hard since the summer," Beard said Monday. "We’re just ready to go out and show the fans what they want to see."


The scrimmages will be the first chance to get a game-like look at newcomers like Durham, Beard, Babb and Thompson. Another, Hannahs, must sit out the 2014-15 season after transferring from Texas Tech. But he can contribute Wednesday night.


The scrimmage is free to the public, but Arkansas is asking fans to bring a non-perishable food item for donation. The donations will benefit the Full Circle Food Pantry on Arkansas’ campus.


"We’re trying to get them more into a game mode," Anderson said about the Red-White game. "So that will give us an opportunity to get in front of some officials and some fans, and fans can get a little sneak preview of our basketball team."