The Missouri Tigers are still undefeated on the season after defeating the No. 18 team in the country, the UCLA Bruins, 80-71. UCLA led for a majority of the game, but in the middle of the second half, things became close. Late threes by Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross helped lead the Tigers to victory. Three Missouri players – Ross, Brown and Jordan Clarkson – scored at least 20 points against the Bruins.
With the win over UCLA, Missouri becomes one of only two remaining undefeated SEC teams. The other team, the Ole Miss Rebels, will face the extremely talented No. 13 Oregon Ducks on Dec. 8, which will most likely mean that the Tigers become the sole undefeated SEC team. Expect Missouri to be ranked with the release of the next top 25 poll and become a dark horse to win the SEC.
Missouri is winning games because their offense is just better than most. The Tigers may be the best offense in the entire country. Two players, Clarkson and Brown, are averaging nearly 20 points a game, and there are around seven players on the team that can score 25-plus on any given night.
The Tigers were picked to finish fifth in the SEC by the preseason media poll, but with the unstoppable offense that they have, they are definitely capable of winning the conference. The four teams picked to finish ahead of the Tigers – the Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee Volunteers, LSU Tigers and Florida Gators – should all be very worried.