"It is a game that we were not very proud of," Anderson said. "We did not play to the best of our abilities."
But he also doesn't think the Razorbacks (16-8, 4-5) will do anything but respond in a big way when they host struggling South Carolina (9-14, 1-8) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas is 16-0 at home this season and 0-8 away from Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks have won each time a home game has come after a road loss.
"I'm sure it's a comfort zone for these guys," Anderson said. "Being at home is a comfort zone. It's the place they work out, they practice in every day, they sleep in their own beds. Their fans will be here in attendance. So for a young team, that's always been the norm. They play better at home than they do away.
"All we're doing, you've got to go through some things to get to where you want to and that's what we're doing," Anderson added. Those are the growing pains. You've got to go through it."
South Carolina, coming in off a 69-57 loss at Tennessee, has had its share of ugly losses as well this season.
"South Carolina is team that has played well in some games and not as well in some games," Anderson said. "And obviously we know about not playing well in some games as of last night. It's going to be a game that is going to be two teams continuing to try to find themselves."
The Gamecocks do have a star point guard in 5-9 Bruce Ellington, who also was a playmaker for the football team this season as a wide receiver.
"He came in as a basketball player at the collegiate ranks then he obviously said ‘hey I want to play football as well', Anderson said. "It just tells you his makeup - tough, tough minded. If you can do that you're a special athlete. When you can go from one sport to another sport and have an affect on the team it means that you're pretty gifted."
Ellington is averaging 10.7 points per game and joins 6-6 senior forward Malik Cooke (12.2) 6-9 sophomore center Damontree Harris, (6.7, 5.3), 6-8 forward R.J. Slawson (5.1, 4.1) and 6-4 freshman Damien Leonard (6.8).
"South Carolina is a team that shoots the 3-point shot and attack the basket and are very athletic," Anderson said. "And of course you have Bruce Ellington who is a dynamic, quick little, attacking guard."
Arkansas will likely be without starting 6-9 forward Michael Sanchez, who suffered a shoulder injury in the loss on Wednesday.
His time will likely be picked up by 6-9 senior Marvell Waithe, who is just back from his own injury and had 10 points against Georgia.
"Marvell played really well for a guy that's been out for quite awhile," Anderson said. "I thought he played with the passion, he played with the energy, the hustle, the desire. You can even see he played 30 minutes. I was really shocked with that, but that just shows me a little bit more about his makeup."
Anderson also noted that that back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell will likely log significant minutes because of the loss of Sanchez.
"We'll probably get Brandon involved with that rotation," Anderson said. "We have some young guys and some inexperienced guys. They've been through the fires. So now they're getting more opportunity with Mike possibly not being able to play."
The Razorbacks will go into the game with just eight healthy scholarship players and will miss Sanchez per Anderson.
"You're losing an experienced guy more than anything else - a stabilizer, a guy that does all the little dirty work…Even last night I thought we missed him when he went out. Just the little things like screening or keeping the big guys off the block, fixing things on defense. To me, Mike is a blue collar guy and that's what he has done for us this year - blue collar things."
After the game, the crowd will get a chance to watch the big screen and see "40 Minutes of Hell", a story about former head coach Nolan Richardson and his success at Arkansas. It will debut Saturday night on ESPNU.
"I got some glimpses of it," Anderson said. "I think it's a great story, an inspirational story. It's a lot of history involved in it. It tells the story. I think it tells a lot about Arkansas basketball to where it is today and hopefully where it will be real soon."