An­der­son: “They had us in the ceme­tery”

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - — Bob Holt

FAYET­TEVILLE — Arkansas Ra­zor­backs Coach Mike An­der­son had a mes­sage for those who doubted his basketball team af­ter losses to Mis­souri and Van­der­bilt.

“It’s funny, be­cause two weeks ago ev­ery­body across the coun­try — and some of you in here — had us in the ceme­tery,” An­der­son said Mon­day at a news con­fer­ence to pre­view the Ra­zor­backs’ game at No. 12 Florida on Wed­nes­day night. “They had us dead.

“They ac­tu­ally had us buried. But as I say, all sick­ness is not death.”

The Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayet­teville (22-7, 11-5 SEC) has won its past five games to strengthen its NCAA Tour­na­ment re­sume.

“I thought our kids woke up, and they started fig­ur­ing things out,” An­der­son said. “So now here we are with two games left in our [reg­u­lar] sea­son, and I’ve en­cour­aged our guys to stay fo­cused on the task at hand.

“That’s the next prac­tice, the next game. … As ev­ery­body starts look­ing too far down the road, that’s when prob­lems arise.”

Arkansas closes the reg­u­lar sea­son against Ge­or­gia on Satur­day at Wal­ton Arena in Fayet­teville.

“I’m not even wor­ried about Ge­or­gia,” An­der­son said. “The next big game on our sched­ule is Florida.”

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