The Missouri Tigers beat the UCLA Bruins 80-71 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. The Tigers remain undefeated at 9-0, and the Bruins fell to 8-1.
UCLA saw its eight point halftime lead disappear at 14:49 in the second when Tiger senior guard Earnest Ross hit a three-pointer to give Missouri a 51-50 lead. Later in the second, Missouri would go on a crucial 10-2 run to take a 70-62 lead with 6:08 remaining. UCLA would not be able to overcome the deficit. The Tigers finished the game hitting 10 of 12 free throws in the final two minutes to win by nine points.
I noticed a headline saying this was an “upset” win. According to the AP poll, a Mizzou win counts as an upset, but the rankings are very unreliable at this point in the season. Missouri had won 23 straight home games, and were undefeated going into the contest. UCLA was also undefeated, and both teams had not yet beaten a ranked opponent. If I had to bet my house, I would have picked the Tigers. What do you think about this game being called an upset?
Missouri top performers: Guard Jabari Brown scored 22 points and stole the ball twice. Guard Jordan Clarkson had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Guard Earnest Ross netted 20 points with 2 steals. Forward Johnathan Williams III had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
UCLA top performers: Guard Jordan Adams had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kyle Anderson scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Guard Zach LaVine scored 13 points, and guard Norman Powell scored 11 points. Guard Bryce Alford had a remarkable 5 steals along with 5 points. The Bruins will need more production from their forwards in future games. The lack of production contributed to a 47-30 rebounding disadvantage.