Missouri-UCLA basketball preview

12/06/2013 5:51 PM

12/07/2013 8:02 AM

•  WHEN/WHERE:

11:30 a.m. at Mizzou Arena in Columbia

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TV/RADIO:

CBS (Chs. 5, 13); KMBZ (980 AM)

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ABOUT UCLA (8-0):

Coach Steve Alford is off to the best start among first-year coaches in UCLA history. John Wooden started 6-0 before dropping his first game in the 1948-49 season. The Bruins lead the Pac-12 in scoring at 90.6 points per game. Freshman guard Zach LaVine doesn’t start but he’s the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.4 points per game and is a deadly perimeter shooter (55.9 percent on threes).

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ABOUT MISSOURI (8-0):

It’s an NCAA Tournament type turn-around for Missouri after playing West Virginia on Thursday night. “Tremendous challenge,” Tigers coach Frank Haith said about recovering and being ready to go Saturday. The Tigers lost a heartbreaker at UCLA last season, 97-94 in overtime, a game in which Phil Pressey recorded 19 assists. And no Mizzou fan wants to recall the 1995 loss to UCLA in the NCAAs (Tyus Edney).

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BOTTOM LINE:

Who’s going to get stops? The Bruins have rolled past eight opponents with terrific offense. Missouri is putting up nice numbers, but also has gotten it done on the defensive end. Both teams were in the Las Vegas Invitational and beat the same teams, Northwestern and Nevada. Call this the Las Vegas championship game.

P No. UCLA Ht. Yr. PPG
F 12 David Wear 6-10 Sr. 7.6
F 23 Tony Parker 6-9 So. 7.8
G 3 Jordan Adams 6-5 So. 21.5
G 4 Norman Powell 6-4 Jr. 12.3
G 5 Kyle Anderson 6-9 So. 14.0
P No. Missouri Ht. Yr. PPG
F 3 Johnathan Williams III 6-9 Fr. 6.6
F 44 Ryan Rosburg 6-10 So. 6.3
G 5 Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. 20.1
G 32 Jabari Parker 6-5 Jr. 19.1
G 33 Earnest Ross 6-5 Sr. 13.8

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