UCLA vs. Missouri: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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UCLA vs. Missouri: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
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Few saw this coming, but UCLA gave Missouri all it could handle in this game. It turns out that the seventh-ranked Tigers couldn't take the heat, as the Bruins shocked them, 97-94. 

This matchup was dominated by two offenses that seemingly couldn't miss. Missouri went 47.5 percent from the field, while UCLA shot 50.6 percent. The level of efficiency Friday night was simply awesome to watch.

What really kept the Bruins in this game, though, was their care for the ball. With just six turnovers on the night, compared to 17 for Missouri, UCLA's precision on offense ended up being a decisive factor.

Phil Pressey's dynamic play for Missouri was a big story, despite the loss. Pressey scored 19 and posted a school-record 19 assists to lead the Tigers' offensive onslaught.

UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad is worthy of high praise for his performance in the game. His 27 points paved the way for UCLA's offense. Muhammad hit multiple crucial threes for the Bruins, at times carrying the offense on his back.

However, it was Travis Wear's basket with 12.1 left that sealed the deal. He had 22 on the night.

A surprisingly tight game like this naturally warranted some serious response on Twitter. Here are some of the highlights from the Twitter reaction.

 

Twitter Reaction

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Bill Walton commentated his first college game tonight

Bill Walton is a well-known NBA commentator, but health issues have kept him from the spotlight as of late. He recently returned, though, and he's back behind the mic on the college-ball circuit, a fact that hasn't been lost on the fans:

This was an offensively dominated game, for sure, and fans were impressed by the shooting on display:

One fan wondered if the decision to rest Shabazz Muhammad near the end of the game led to UCLA's undoing:

While Muhammad's rest let Missouri momentarily pull away, the Bruins got going with him back on the court, tying the game with 11 seconds left. Overtime followed, and fans and analysts were excited, to say the least: 

Ultimately, it was UCLA with the big upset. Twitter went crazy:

 

What's Next

Missouri will play host to Bucknell on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. ET, while UCLA is at home against Cal Jan. 3 at 11 p.m. ET.

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