UCLA has gained momentum in the month of December after a disappointing loss to now-ranked San Diego State.
While the Bruins have improved to 9-3 on the season, they will face their most important nonconference game this Friday against No. 7 Missouri, as the outcome of the game will affect the team’s momentum heading into Pac-12 conference play.
Unlike UCLA, who has struggled to meet high expectations in the early season, Missouri has steamrolled through its nonconference schedule and boasts a 10-1 record heading into Friday night’s showdown in Pauley Pavilion.
Although the Tigers faltered against their first real challenge of the year in a blowout loss against No. 2 Louisville, they justified their ranking in the Top 10 with a neck-and-neck win over No. 10 Illinois in their most recent game.
It’s set to be an entertaining game, and an important one for both teams as they look to sustain momentum approaching the beginning of conference play.