Missouri battling quick turnaround for Saturday's game against UCLA

Friday, December 6, 2013 | 9:44 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball will put its nation-leading 23-game home court winning streak to the test when it hosts UCLA on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Because of an 11:30 a.m. start, the Tigers had to hurry to prepare. 

"Recovery starts now," Missouri coach Frank Haith said immediately after his team defeated West Virginia on Thursday night to improve to 8-0.

Haith admitted his team only focused on West Virginia during the past week of practice, and that it would start preparing for UCLA on Friday, despite the early start Saturday.

"We have our work cut out for us," he said.

The Bruins bring an elite-level combination of height and skill to a very balanced offensive attack. The four Bruins averaging in double figures – Jordan Adams (21.5 points per game), Zach LaVine (14.4. ppg), Kyle Anderson (14.0 ppg) and Norman Powell (12.3 ppg) – all stand 6-foot-4-inches tall and above.

The front court consists of 6-foot-10-inch twins David and Travis Wear.

"LaVine, the freshman, is absolutely clicking right now," Haith said. "UCLA is as good offensively as anybody in the country and they are a very gifted group of guys that are well coached."

Both teams are undefeated at 8-0. UCLA is coming off a 89-76 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday. Missouri dominated West Virginia for 33 minutes Thursday, but ended the game sloppily. The Tigers barely fought off a 22-8 Mountaineers run in the final minutes to preserve the victory. 

Bad momentum for Missouri? Point guard Jordan Clarkson doesn't think so. 

"We can’t let a team come in here and hit us in the mouth,” Clarkson said.

Supervising editor is Nina Pantic.


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