Andrew Rice, like all challengers, wants lots of debates. Jim Inhofe, like all politicians who are ahead, didn't want to give him an opportunity to appear senatorial. But these days, you just can't completely duck a debate.
What's the next best thing?
Schedule it on the same night as a presidential debate so that TV doesn't broadcast it. And just to be doubly sure, hold the debate in Tulsa (Inhofe is from Tulsa; Rice from Oklahoma City).