"I want to set the record straight," said Anderson, less than 24 hours after
Sunday night's game against Stanford. "I. Do Not. Wear. Makeup."
During Sunday night's Fox telecast, viewers heard the Stanford student section serenade
the 6-10 sophomore and strong contender for the Pac-10 player of the year with a repeated
chant of "You wear makeup!" everytime he stepped to the foul line.
Puzzled Bears were left wondering what the cause of this craziness.
Anderson, during a wide-ranging interview that will appear in an upcoming issue of The Bear Insider
"Jordan Wilkes, Sam Rayburn and I dressed up for Halloween as rock stars,"
said Anderson, who was more amused than angry at the whole episode. "We put on some
eyeliner, somebody took a picture and it ended up on Facebook."
Although the chant came through loud and clear during the broadcast, it didn't catch
him completely by surprise.
"We'd heard that throughout the warmup," said Anderson, who's first in the
Pac-10 in scoring (21.8), second in free throw shooting (88.2%), third in rebounding
(10.2), and third in three-point shooting (44.9%). "Jordan was cracking up when
he heard that. It's all fun and games.
And for other opposing fans who think they have something to latch onto? Anderson made
all 10 of his free throws against Stanford.
But as the Bears' leading scorer and marked man, Anderson's used to hearing all sorts
of things at the free-throw line, a few of them unprintable, some of them "definitely
One set of road fans was particularly creative.
"With the Internet, some people will try to learn all about your family,"
said Anderson. "We were at, I think Kansas State, and they were saying stuff
about my mom, like, "Sue Anderson's a babe!" That was pretty funny to
And, no, that didn't work either as Anderson made all three of his free throws against
"At the free throw line, I'm able to block it all out," said Anderson, who
shot 79.8% from the line as a freshman. "We do drills where we do sprints and then
when we're tired and maybe not ready to shoot, we go and practice our free throws. It
makes you focus a lot more when you're shooting and it's really helped."
With Anderson having such a strong year and getting national attention, the question
had to be asked.
You know, the question.
"I'm really trying to focus on playing the year out and concentrating on the next
game," said Anderson. "It's a honor to have people think of you in terms
of the next level, but it's something I need to think about later."
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