After some people, including Dick Vitale, bashed the character of his Arkansas team, Mike Anderson addressed it on the Paul Finebaum show.
In the SEC Championship game, Mike Anderson’s Arkansas squad came under fire for some fouls they committed towards the end of the game. Fous that can be attributed to no calls on other fouls from Kentucky.
During the game, Arkansas native Malik Monk made a throat-slashing gesture towards the Hog’s bench. Not once mind you, but twice. Both times, were no calls. As a result, Arkansas players were frustrated and things got a bit chippy.
Now, before you start saying that the ref didn’t see Monk do it, note the pic in the tweet below. The picture, funny enough, was used by ESPN in a tweet about the game.
Once the fouls took place, Dick Vitale lost his mind on air. Then the internet lost its mind and each side took to twitter to vent. If you want to see a respectful thread between a Razorback fan and a Wildcat fan, check out my thread here.
Not everyone was as respectful as David. Many tried to say that Monk did that as a result of coach Zimmerman giving him a hard time in warmups for not going to Arkansas. Dudley Dawson from Wholehogsports.com, however, said that the event never happened. I personally trust Dawson over Matt Jones from Kentucky media any day.
Mike Anderson Has Words For Dickie V
Today, Mike Anderson was a guest on Paul Finebaum’s show and had some words for those critics of his guys. This included Dick Vitale. What he said in defense of his guys was absolute gold.
“I think for people to attack a guy’s character, that is so out of character. So for the guy that was talking about that, who actually came to my locker room before the game, he did not even know the kid’s name. He called the guy Beasley and so for him to not know the guy and for him to talk about how it’s “bush league” it’s this and that, no.”
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The next part is my favorite. As Anderson gets ready to tee up on Duke’s Grayson Allen and his serious character flaws, Finebaum interrupts. Paul makes sure that Anderson is talking about Dickie V and the way Anderson didn’t shy away from it is great.
The point is this. It’s basketball. Basketball gets a bit rough and people sometimes take it a bit too far. Should Kingsley have done that? Nope. He shouldn’t have but should the ref looking right at Monk blown the whistle when he saw the throat-slash? Absolutely.
That ref caused this and there’s no way to argue it rationally. Had the official been fair and called Monk on his foul, not once but twice, then Arkansas players probably would’ve been more chill.
Mike Anderson did something today, he as a coach should do. He stood by his players when all the talking heads and twitter outrage was going off on them. That shows me a lot about Mike Anderson and his character. He loves his guys. Good job, coach. Woo pig.