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Mike Anderson Defends His Players, Slams Dick Vitale on Finebaum

Nick Roush03/13/17

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After yesterday's chippy finish to the SEC Championship, Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson defended his players. He told the media in the opening statement of his press conference: "It was unfortunate, but at the same time, I don't think anybody was intent on trying to hurt anybody." Anderson felt a little froggier on today's edition of The Paul Finebaum Show. Using stronger language, Anderson used a similar defense, starting with Dusty Hannahs' back-screen that sealed Arkansas' fate.   "Obviously, he was protecting himself.....I don't anything was of intent." "Protecting himself;" is that what you call this? https://twitter.com/Finna_Go_HAM/status/841000401507876864 On Moses Kingsley's call, this is how Anderson described it: "He made a hard foul. I don't think there was any intent of maliciousness." That's fair.  If Kingsley's hands were three inches higher it's no big deal.  Anderson also added this reasonable assessment: "The officials did what they were supposed to do.  They got him out of the game.  They did the right thing." https://twitter.com/Finna_Go_HAM/status/841001530115399680 During the defense, Anderson made time to throw plenty of shade Dick Vitale's way for his response to the call on Kingsley.  Watch it all unfold:

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