The loss at Missouri was a complete defensive meltdown. The Bruins failed to stop Missouri either inside or outside. Missouri shot 38% from three, making 10 of 26 three pointers. The Bruins could not get in front of the Missouri players, and let them get to the free-throw line 32 times. UCLA also lost the rebounding battle by a whopping 17 rebounds (47-30), including 17 offensive rebounds. box score The zone played most of the second half failed either to guard the three or protect the basket.
Additionally, our best players had a bad shooting day. Adams was 6 for 18 and Anderson was 4-10. Lavine was 6 for 12 but was only 1-6 from three point land. Travis and David Wear played a combined 43 minutes and secured exactly 5 rebounds. Parker was no better, pulling down 3 rebounds in 17 minutes of play. [Adams was the leading rebounder with 10, Anderson had 6].
Until the team learns to play some defense, they will lose every game when the defense locks down our scorers, as Missouri did in the second half. We need to play the best defensive team we can muster, which will include Adams, Lavine, Powell, and Anderson and whatever big can play defense (yet to be found). We have enough offense in our lineup. We need to ramp up the defense the best we can.