With less than 900 tickets left to go before the first home sellout since the 1994 national championship team was honored a couple of years ago, Arkansas' players know the atmosphere is going to be similar to the glory days on Saturday.
That has Razorback freshman standout and leading scorer B.J. Young promising to deliver when Arkansas (13-5) hosts No. 19 Michigan (15-4) Saturday on 1 p.m. on CBS.
The Razorbacks are 13-0 at home this season and have played before an average of just over 12,000 fans with a high of 14,800 last Saturday night against LSU.
"We haven't seen the 20,000 (fans) yet, but when we do, we'll give them what they paid for," Young said.
If the game does sellout, it will the first in 52 home games since a contest over Georgia back on March 1, 2009 where former coach Nolan Richardson and his championship team were honored.
"It should be a great, great atmosphere and I know that our players and coaches are looking forward to getting that taste out of their mouth from the Kentucky defeat," Anderson said of a 86-63 loss at No. 2 Kentucky.
Arkansas will travel to Ann Arbor for a game with the Wolverines next season.
"This is a game that CBS called us about and I am sure they called Michigan about," Anderson said. "It's a Big 10/SEC match up and it is going to be a home-and-home."
Anderson was disappointed with how his team played on the road at Kentucky on Tuesday, but knows it is a part of the process of rebuilding the program.
"In order to get where we need to go, you have to go through some things," Anderson said. "That's just part of it. To me it's just growing pains and getting your team where you want it."
Arkansas senior Marvell Waithe said that his team was embarrassed with how it played at Kentucky and talked about that in the Rupp Arena locker room after the game.
"Everybody (on the team) said we're better than this," Waithe said. "We're not who we showed we were tonight. So everybody knowsand I think we're going to go into Michigan with confidence, especially playing in Bud Walton. Everybody knows we're better than we showed. But talk is cheap. We'll wait until Saturday."
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The Razorback coaches were out early Thursday before the regular practice to work with Brandon Mitchell, the football team's back-up quarterback who was once an LSU basketball commit.
"We have had a couple of workouts with Brandon today and tomorrow and then in the next week or so he won't learn everything we do, but he will have a basic idea of some things that we work on day in and day out," Anderson said. "He is very athletic and he loves the game. He loves the game. He is always listening and putting in some extra time to try and catch up."
Mitchell played 34 minutes in five games as freshman for the Razorbacks before returning to football full-time.
Mitchell noted that things are different at Bud Walton Arena this time than when he played for the John Pelphrey-coached Razorback squad in 2009-2010.
"It's a lot different, up-tempo," Mitchell said. "Guys seem like they have more chemistry, more of a family atmosphere. It's fun to be out here."
Asked if basketball was a possible full-time destination, Mitchell said no.
"I'm still a football player, I'm here on a football scholarship," Mitchell said. ""It's just something I want to do right now… I've always had a love for the game. It's always been my first love. Just sitting at home playing with my family and my old high school, it just brought back that passion for it."
Mitchell said Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino was okay with him playing.
"Coach Petrino was very supportive," Mitchell said. "He said he knows my responsibility for football, I still have to work out with them. Just told me to just go out there and help the team win, go be a leader."
That was the same with Anderson.
"He was excited to have me out here," Mitchell said of Anderson. "He just wanted to make sure everything was OK with football."
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