Grambling's basketball team and LSU's football team have something in common – they're both putting up 40 points a game.
But that's a bad deal when you are a basketball team and is the biggest reason Grambling (0-4) comes into Saturday night's game with Arkansas (3-1) still looking for its first win.
The Tigers will be rested, having been off a week since losing 75-45 to Utah Valley, the same Arkansas rallied late to edge 67-59 back on Tuesday.
"I thought we played with a sense of urgency going down the stretch," Anderson said. "So that's the positive you can take from it. They didn't panic. So now, having a chance to play against Grambling State on Saturday will give us another opportunity to go out and hopefully we can improve in a lot of different areas.
"The one area I want to see [improve] is the physicality of the game, attacking the glass," Anderson added. "We can't afford to give up that many offensive rebounds. We did a good job defensively of limiting Utah Valley in the 30-percent shooting, and we shot 30 percent. But we've got clean up on the glass, and obviously continue to try to take care of the basketball."
Grambling does have a big front line in 7-foot, 250-pound senior Peter Roberson – a former Oklahoma City Heritage Hall player - and 6-8, 260-pound senior power forward Thomas Danridge.
Roberson is coming off a game in which he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Freshman guard Xavier Rogers (7.0) is also a threat to score.
"They've been off for a week, so they'll be well rested," Anderson said. "I'm sure they're looking forward to playing against the Arkansas Razorbacks."
Arkansas freshman guard B.J. Young has scored 33 points in the past two games, including career highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday.
"He's got speed," Anderson said. "Sometimes that speed can help you or it can hurt you. He's starting to learn how to utilize that, especially in the open court. When the defense is set in the halfcourt he is going to have to learn to play without the basketball.
"The high school players, they play with the basketball for the most part so they have to learn to play without the basketball on offense as well as defense," Anderson added. "I think he has the intensity. He is a very competitive kid and I think you see that. If you watch his body language he plays the age with everything he has. What I like about is he gives it his all."
Young's scoring has helped take up some of the scoring output no longer provided by junior forward Marshawn Powell, who is out for the season with a knee injury.
"He's capable of scoring," Anderson said. "I think if we really get the game going up and down that plays into a guy like BJ's advantage and also he can make some nice passes as well."
Anderson knows that he needs more scoring from his remaining forwards.
"First of all we have got to do a better job of getting them the ball in position," Anderson said. "That's going to be a big key. We have got to emphasize getting those guys in position where they can score. At the same time we have to emphasize those guys being able to finish."
It would certainly help if two freshmen - 6-8 power forward DeVonta Abron and 6-10 Hunter Mickelson – can come through inside.
Abron has bulked up from 230 pounds to over 250 since he arrived on campus and struggled out of the gate.
He had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in 19 minutes of action against Utah Valley.
"He's just got to get conditioned to this level," Anderson said. "The stamina for these guys, when you're playing uptempo basketball, the stamina is very, very important. How long can I go? How hard and how long I can go – three, four minutes at a time?
"His body is probably 249, 248 right now and 250 is where he started off," Anderson said. "He toned it up more than anything. He already had the baby fat on him. Now he's toned it up and he should be a guy that bangs for us. He should be hopefully a guy, he ain't going to be above the rim, but he can sure use his body to get in position to score and rebound the basketball."
"Well I think it's important for our older guys to encourage him," Anderson said. "They know they need him. They know they need him to play well. They know they need Hunter to play well. They've got to encourage him. There is nothing like experience. There is nothing like going through it and having the actual time on the floor where you're actually doing things to help the team win."
He expects Arkansas to play better the more it gets used to being without Powell, who has missed the last two games.
"It's kind of like (they are learning) we're the guys that have to carry it," Anderson said. "We're still going through that process. That's why I said there's a lot of work to be done. There's a lot of roles to be defined. Because those roles were defined at one point and time. Now they're redefined. Why? Because you lose one of your better players."
Anderson expects his team to improve as the season goes along.
I made the statement early in the year that you'll see this team change before your eyes," Anderson said. "I didn't know it would be that drastic, with Marshawn going down. And obviously now, there's a lot of work to be done."
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