Mike Anderson, players preview Phil Knight Invitational

By: Jimmy Carter
Published: Monday, November 20, 2017
Mike Anderson coaches Arkansas in the second half against Fresno State Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Mike Anderson coaches Arkansas in the second half against Fresno State Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

— Follow along as Mike Anderson and players preview Arkansas' appearance in the Phil Knight Invitational.

Mike Anderson

— Press conference begins at 2:30 p.m.

— On erroneous reports of Jaylen Barford being cited for shoplifting: "Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, you can't put it back."

— Dustin Thomas will be reinstated for the Oklahoma game.

— Excited to play "tremendous" Oklahoma team.

— Looking forward to honoring Phil Knight.

— Practicing today, will leave for Portland Tuesday.

— Thinks young players can take the team to another level.

— PK80 a "big time tournament," but Oklahoma is the only team on the mind of the Hogs right now.

— Dustin Thomas' return allows MA to spread some more minutes around.

— Oklahoma has "a lot of versatile parts." A team with new pieces, but the pieces are really good.

— Anxious to see how players respond to a neutral site game, especially Daniel Gafford.

— On false Barford reports: "It's just the society we're in. I'm a fact guy. If I'm reporting something, I would check the facts first. We're talking about a young man's reputation. Report with integrity, do it the right way. Because that's a kid's life."

Daryl Macon and Trey Thompson

—TT: We know OU is a good basketball club. Gotta take it one game at a time. Don't let possible UNC game impact how they play against OU.

—TT: Can't get in foul trouble. Stay on the court as much as we can. Gotta do a lot to keep fresh bodies.

—DM: Dustin Thomas' conditioning might be a factor, but doesn't think he'll be rusty.

—DM: It's exciting to get away from Bud Walton to see what the team is really about, without the benefit of a home crowd.

—TT: It will be a test without a home crowd. "How can you not be ready for something like this?"

—TT: Wants to do whatever he can to help his teammates be better.

—DM: Likes the uniforms for PK80, wishes they could wear them during the season.

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