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.
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:
Watching UCLA vs Missouri right now, it's been a good game so far but the game has nothing on the commentating of Bill Walton. #Epic— Eric Mink (@BMOC8804) December 29, 2012
Wow ucla and Missouri are lighting up the scoreboard! Both teams are not missing!— Chris Fuhrmann (@coachfuhrmann) December 29, 2012
On-track for a 78-possession game. Both UCLA and Missouri are north of 1.25 PPP so far.— John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) December 29, 2012
One fan wondered if the decision to rest Shabazz Muhammad near the end of the game led to UCLA's undoing:
Terrible decision by the UCLA coaching staff, taking Shabazz Muhammed out in crunch time leads to two steals for Missouri #turrible— Christos Pappas (@Cpappas36NBA) December 29, 2012
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:
UCLA beats Missouri in OT!— Ben Ward (@BenWard25) December 29, 2012
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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