Burn The Tape

Heading into this week's SEC Tournament in Atlanta, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and his team plan to put Saturday's clunker at Alabama behind them and get back to the way the Razorbacks (21-10, 10-8) were playing during a stretch in which they won six in a row.

Burn the tape.

That's what Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson says he did with the tape of Saturday's loss at Alabama.

After winning six in a row and eight of their past nine games, the Razorbacks (21-10, 10-8) landed with a thud in a 83-58 loss to the Crimson Tide.

"We burned it," Anderson said on Monday's SEC Teleconference. "I was looking at some stats of the first half and it was probably the worst half of basketball I have been associated with.

"We had four field goals in 20 minutes and 16 points in a half," Anderson added. "We normally score over 16 points in maybe a minute-and-a-half or two minutes.

"It's one of those that you just do away with and just move forward," Anderson continued. "We know that we are a much better basketball team than that. We were disappointed in the outcome, but if you don't bring the energy and the other team brings energy than that's what takes place."

Arkansas will begin play in the SEC Tournament on Thursday at around 2:30 p.m. CST.

The fifth-seeded Razorbacks will play the winner of Wednesday's game between 12th-seeded Auburn (14-15, 6-12) and 13th-seeded South Carolina (12-19, 5-13).

Fourth-seeded Tennessee 820-11, 11-7) awaits the victor of Thursday's game in a game slated for Friday at 2:30 p.m.

"We want to make sure we right the ship," Anderson said. "It's a new season, a different season and the difference now is survive and advance. One game at a time, but the most important game is going to be that first game."

Speculation abounds on whether Arkansas must win one or two games in Atlanta this week to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

"We treat it like we have all season long – one game at a time," Anderson said. "It is the same thing in the tournament. The first game is the most important game because you can't go anywhere before you win that game.

"That's been the mindset of our team all along and I don't think it will be any different," Anderson continued. "Survive and advance is where it is at this stage of the game."

Michael Qualls

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