Arkansas' current basketball squad is certainly not likely to win the national championship as the 1993-94 Razorbacks did, but those two teams do now have something in common.
They both won their first 16 games at home.
Rickey Scott's 18 points led five Arkansas players in double figures as the Razorbacks stayed unbeaten at home by downing No. 25 Vanderbilt 82-74 Tuesday night before 13,100 fans and an ESPN national audience.
"I thought the crowd was engaged and really got our guys going," Anderson said. "To me it was worth about eight points tonight. And we win by eight. Kudos to our Razorback fans. They are the best in the country.
"That was a great ballgame," Anderson added. "For TV, for the SEC…I could not be more proud of our guys."
"We had not scored 80 points since the Mississippi State game," Anderson noted of the SEC opener. "It was good to see us come out and really be in attack mode and not only that, but we had a lot of possessions. We shot 61 times and it was good to see us finally outshoot someone in terms of possessions."
Madden was 8-of-8 from the line, Young 5-of-6 and those two along with some big plays from fellow freshmen Hunter Mickelson (9 points) and DeVonta Abron (7 rebounds) helped Arkansas to the win.
That was against a senior-laden club in the Commodores (16-6, 5-2), who had won 10 of their last 11 games and was the Razorbacks' third win over a Top 25 team this season.
"I thought this team grew up tonight in a lot of areas," Anderson said. "We shared the ball offensively. Our pressure was disruptive. It took Vanderbilt out of what they wanted to do. Fatigue was a factor in the end. Our bench was big. We were able to close the game out. Total team effort."
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was impressed with Arkansas, now 16-0 inside Bud Walton and 0-6 away from it.
"They're a very good team in this building," Stallings said. "That's obvious. Mike's got them playing hard and playing together. It's very impressive."
Stallings' bigger Commodores were outrebounded 36-29 by the smallish Razorbacks – who at one point had 6-4 Brandon Mitchell as the tallest guy on the court.
"The most disappointing thing from our standpoint was the success they had rebounding," Stallings said. "They had not done well rebounding. … They outplayed us and it showed."
Anderson said it was about being aggressive.
"I thought we could use our quickness," Anderson said. "I thought it was about our guys getting in there and getting after it. It is all about a mindset. We were active, we were quick to the ball and in the second half when fatigue began to creep in we got some long rebounds."
Stallings, whose team lost despite shooting 50 percent from the field on the road, echoed those quickness comments.
"I thought the difference in the game was their team speed," Stallings said. "I thought that they were faster and quicker than we were, and they utilized that to their advantage - especially on the offensive end."
Mickelson's first 3-pointer of his career tied the game 40-40 with 17:59 left and that started a 22-6 run that surged Arkansas ahead.
That spree was capped by Young's two free throws that gave the Razorbacks a 59-46 lead with 12:53 remaining.
"When you play up tempo style you are going to have some of those spurts as we call them," Anderson said. "Before you know it, the crowd was into it and we were speeding up Vanderbilt, but more than anything else I thought our defense was very, very good."
Vanderbilt closed to within 67-57, but Mickelson spun around Vanderbilt senior center Festus Ezeli, slammed one home and then tipped in another for a 14-point edge.
That play wound up being No. 8 on ESPN Sportscenter's Top 10 plays of the day.
"It was just kind of a quick in the moment thing," Mickelson said. "I knew it wasn't exactly quick going side-to-side. So it was just kind of a flash decision and it worked out."
Scott said he loved the big-time move by Mickelson, who played just 11 minutes because of foul trouble.
"That dunk Hunter got, I went crazy," Scott said. "I've never seen Hunter do it like that. If he keeps doing that on the road, I think we'll get a lot of wins because that definitely picked us up."
The Commodores never got closer than 7 points after that and Madden and Young's free throws made sure the Razorbacks closed out the win.
"I told our guys if there's a half you want to win it's the second half," Anderson said. "I thought this team grew up and grew up in a lot of areas. I think they learned how hard you've got to play and not only how hard you have to play, but how to play together."
At one point during the second half, Arkansas hit five straight 3-pointers.
"When a team makes a run like that against you, everybody gets their head up and is confident," Stallings said. "They start making shots that maybe they wouldn't otherwise make."
John Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer at 20 points per game, had 19 on Tuesday while Jeffrey Taylor added 17 and Ezeli 14 as the Commodores fell to 4-2 on the road.
Mitchell, Arkansas' back-up quarterback this season, saw his first action of the season by playing three minutes at the end of the first half.
His block out of Ezeli led to Scott's bucket near the halftime buzzer that cut Vandy's lead to 34-32.
Senior Marvell Waithe also played four minutes in his first action in two games.
"Everybody did something to help," Anderson said.
Arkansas now travels to play LSU on Saturday looking for that elusive first road win.
The Razorbacks downed the Tigers 69-60, but that was a team playing without McDonald's All-American power forward Johnny O'Bryant.
"The thing I'm proud of them, they're listening, they're learning, they're getting better," Anderson said of his team. "They're taking the approach every day. The national championship team was a special team. These guys still have a chance to have a special year."