"It was a busy day," Anderson said. "A very busy day."
Anderson was one of several college head coaches on hand in his native Birmingham, Alabama for the funeral of legendary UAB head coach Gene Bartow.
"I had a chance to go pay my respects to Coach Gene Bartow, who started the program at UAB," Anderson said. "Of course, through the course of time I had dreams of playing there and then I coached there. I was able to go there and pay respects to him at a homecoming/celebration for him."
Anderson's son, Michael Jr. – who is a video coordinator for the team - was arrested over the weekend for a DWI.
It was his second time being charged with the same offense as he got one while a player at Missouri in 2007.
"There is something I want to talk about real quick and that is in reference to Michael, Jr. _ Michael Anderson, my son," Anderson said. "Certainly I am disappointed in the situation with the arrest.
"All of our members are expected to make the right decisions on and off the floor and I expect that," Anderson added. "Unfortunately, some individuals don't always make the right decision.
"As a father, I will support Mike and hopefully help him learn from this situation," Anderson continued. "It will be addressed through the steps, the established channels that we have here on our campus. Our sports administration will address that situation."
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Arkansas freshman B.J. Young was named the SEC's Freshman of the Week after averaging 20.4 points in wins over Savannah State and No. 15 Mississippi State.
"I want to thank my team, coaching staff, may family and all the fans for helping me get to this point in being able to win," Young said.
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Arkansas actually was among others receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll with 11 points.
"We have got to focus on getting better," Anderson said. "That is the key there. The key is just trying to get better. It's not about where you start, but where you finish."
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On the SEC teleconference, Anderson talked about having to go on the road for the first time since losing two games last month to UConn and Oklahoma.
The Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0) will visit Ole Miss (10-5, 0-1) Wednesday night in Oxford at 7 p.m.
"I tell you what we now have an opportunity to go on the road to Ole Miss, a place where Arkansas has not won in a while," Anderson said. "Early in the year we played a couple of games on the road and didn't come out on the winning side. So it's a game we are looking forward to find out even more about our young basketball team."
The Razorbacks are coming off a 98-88 upset of visiting No. 15 Mississippi State last Saturday while LSU pounded short-handed Ole Miss 81-55 in Baton Rouge on the same day.
"We think we are playing some good basketball," Anderson said. "Obviously the game against Mississippi State we shot the ball well and defended well. But of course when you play at home you have got that other edge when you talk about that adrenaline and fan support. So we will find out a little more about ourselves as we get ready to hit the road and play in Oxford."