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Mike Anderson Defends His Players, Slams Dick Vitale on Finebaum


After yesterday’s chippy finish to the SEC Championship, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson defended his players. He told the media in the opening statement of his press conference: “It was unfortunate, but at the same time, I don’t think anybody was intent on trying to hurt anybody.”

Anderson felt a little froggier on today’s edition of The Paul Finebaum Show.

Using stronger language, Anderson used a similar defense, starting with Dusty Hannahs’ back-screen that sealed Arkansas’ fate.   “Obviously, he was protecting himself…..I don’t anything was of intent.”

“Protecting himself;” is that what you call this?

On Moses Kingsley’s call, this is how Anderson described it: “He made a hard foul. I don’t think there was any intent of maliciousness.”

That’s fair.  If Kingsley’s hands were three inches higher it’s no big deal.  Anderson also added this reasonable assessment: “The officials did what they were supposed to do.  They got him out of the game.  They did the right thing.”

During the defense, Anderson made time to throw plenty of shade Dick Vitale’s way for his response to the call on Kingsley.  Watch it all unfold:

Article written by Nick Roush

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32 responses to “Mike Anderson Defends His Players, Slams Dick Vitale on Finebaum”

  1. terwilliger

    What makes this especially hilarious is that Vitale went out of his way to call Mike Anderson a “classy guy” on the broadcast. When I heard that I about fell out of my chair. Anderson is a straight up asshole and always has been. It’s small wonder his players always act like thugs.

  2. Patrick_David

    Another fine example of “Alternative Facts.”

  3. rick.maynard

    “We run a first-class organization.”

  4. az1006

    Mike Anderson is a joke. He’s bush league. Fairly certain he’s racist (why did he start talking about Grayson Allen? People have hammered Allen in the media). And he’s clearly enamored with beating Kentucky to the point his players can’t handle it. If I’m the AD, Mike and I are having a very long, one-sided conversation about both how he handled this during, and after the game.

    1. kentucky1863

      Lmao racist towards white people?

    2. meeksfor3

      Caucasian is a race isn’t it? According to Mr Webster racism means…a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

      It doesn’t specify that racism can only be committed by Caucasian nor that they are exempted from racism.

      Just saying.

    3. JusSayin

      If he was racist why would he go out of his way to defend Dusty Hannahs? He’s a lot of things but lets not start accusing people of things we couldn’t know.

      If he threw that accusation the other way around you’d say he was “playing the race card”.

      His Grayson Allen comment was fair game because Dick Vitale defended him hard during that whole scandal.

  5. etp714

    You and your team are irrelevant.

  6. playmorezeppelin

    First class my ass.

  7. Classof89

    Arms across your chest with hands in front of nads is protecting yourself! Chest high forearms linebacker hit is a cheap shot! Hogs are who they are! Butt hurt!!
    Why did Monk go to UK? Pretty obvious! He’s also big enough to admit his throat slash actions were wrong and he’s learned from it. He may also learn from Cal judging from his post game comments when he found out about it. Other coach is still justifying their “hard fouls” which could have actually injured opposing players!
    GBB!!

  8. thelexcat

    Mike Anderson is a headcase. Malik made the right decision to avoid that nutjob.

    1. thelexcat

      Tell you what, here’s what happened. Arky scores, Dom takes the ball out of bounds and calls the timeout. Anderson gets to acting like a spoiled brat because he didn’t get his 5 second count. During the timeout he sends tells his boys to foul hard and they take that as a green light to take out some Kentucky guys. iirc, Burford was the one who stepped on Briscoe @ Rupp. Don’t tell me you’re program is class Mike, you got out-coached yet again.
      BTW, Seton Hall is beating Arkansas on Friday so go on home and pout ya bunch of sore-losers.

  9. david8577

    It’s a nasty program. Coach is a thug; players are thugs.

    1. Luether

      But he’s been successful recruiting and coaching thugs his entire career…

    2. catdaddyd

      If you mean success by going out in the first weekend of the NCAA tourney.

  10. CrittendenWildcat

    B!tch coach, B!tch players, B!tch program. If Anderson won’t hold himself or his players accountable for what were obviously intentional and malicious fouls, then the NCAA needs to step in because I promise you that this behavior will only get worse until it is addressed and Anderson is properly dealt with.

  11. unbridled

    Anderson is either disingenuous and lying…or he’s just that stupid. You could make a case for either I guess. Regardless, Arkansas is completely terrible at basketball and their future looks just as bleak. Amateur hour

  12. Rixter

    Mike Anderson is still clinging to that old Arkansas – Kentucky ‘rivalry’

    Cincinnati and Ohio State had a big rivalry back in the early 60’s. Think Thad Matta ever brings it up ??

  13. Mathlete

    What’s sad is that – to Arkansas – UK has become a chief conference rival and a hated nemesis. To UK, Arkansas is just another game or two on the schedule that we count as a win when we’re looking at our schedule at the beginning of the year

  14. WildcatLarry

    Think Nolan Richardson. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  15. BlueHeaven

    Attitude reflects leadership and apparently Captain Douche Bag is leading these hogs. Anderson is hurting his players by allowing such behavior.

  16. sckysportsink

    I pull for SEC teams unless they play UK in the NCAA tournament. There will be one exception this year.

  17. Rixter

    If I’m Seton Hall’s coach, I get my best players out of the game once it’s out of Arkansas’ reach, cuz coach Anderson will tell them boys to inflict some pain

  18. Batsell

    I find it ironic that the moron Mike Anderson is complaining about Vitale not even knowing the kids name, when at about thirty five seconds before he called that very player who he has been coaching everyday Kinsey. You Sir, are a MORON!!!!! What a dumbass!!!!!! Here pot, meet kettle!

  19. EdC

    No surprise. Thug coach recruits thugs. Teaches them to be thugs and thinks it is all just fine. Of course if Bam had gone face on one of his players he wouldn’t have seen it the same way when they gathered the guy’s head from the floor hoping to re-attach it.

  20. tfordstyle

    He knows they were intentional. He’s defending his kids – no biggy. His comparison to allen is spot on though. How many times did he do that garbage? He gets benefit of the doubt because he’s at duke.

    1. tubby b smith

      my thoughts exactly…uk fans so interest in calling him a thug code word for ni***** they cant see he was right about allen doing it 4 times and vitale tells them leave him alone and he is a kid when he is 21 years old smh

    2. unbridled

      No. No see you can’t do that. You are injecting racial bias where there is none. Grayson Allen is the most hated player in collegiate sports, regardless of his race. Everyone hates him. Dicky V is likely guilty of hypocrisy but not because of race…but rather because he has a creepy “man crush” on coach Krechevswifky. If you want to point out hypocrisy in BBN, move your argument to everyone staying silent when Briscoe had some questionable antics and flagrant play. The same people using the term “thug” for Kingsley likely love briscoe and his “aggressive nature.” I don’t think race has anything to do with the discussion.

  21. 8xchamp

    Thugs and punks, always have been always will be.

  22. ukblue22

    If you’re going to defend thug behavior on the court I can only assume you’re coaching thug behavior and therefore are not coaching basketball anymore. You’re on par with the Cincinnati program that goes into every game believing if they can’t win the game then they’ll try and win the fight.

  23. CatBlue in LR

    Arguing with Arky fans on social media all day, all they want to talk about is the throat slash and how that justifies retaliation. Problem is, all the Ark. players said in post-game they didn’t see Monk do that, so how could it be retaliation? Most Arky fans were cheering the on-court gang activity even before ESPN showed the replay that revealed the throat slash (nobody saw it live, I would venture to say).

    I hope they somehow upset UNC and we find a way to get past UCLA so we meet them again. Stomping ’em by 30 would be treating them too nice.

  24. drmac_15

    I took all of that end game antics and placed it on the shoulders of Mike Anderson…. He wants to matter again and knows Kentucky is the hump for his program. They are desperate to create a rivalry that just isn’t there.

    Cal is rubbing off on these guys and Hats Off to All of Kentucky players and coaches on how they Didn’t respond.

    Our players and coaches are representing the Legacy of Kentucky Basketball. They responded exactly how they should have……
    Dom lifting an All Tournament Team Award, Fox lifting the SEC MVP Award, and the team lifting its 30th SEC Title Trophy.