Ohio State coach Thad Matta hopes the Buckeyes tough defense can keep up with UCLAs high-scoring offense Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic at Las Vegas.If Mattas transition defense can rise to the challenge, the Buckeyes could have a chance to subdue UCLAs offensive flow led by future NBA point guard Lonzo Ball.That could be a case of easier said than done, however, against the Bruins, who ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring at 97.9 points a game after beating UC Santa Barbara 102-62 Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.No. 2 UCLA improved to 11-0, its best start since a 14-0 beginning of the 2006-07 season. Ohio State (8-2) is unranked. The game at the T-Mobile Arena (3 p.m. ET, CBS) is part of a doubleheader with the second game featuring No. 6 Kentucky and No. 7 North Carolina.They are playing at such a fast pace and just a very high skill level, Matta said of UCLA. (They have) a lot of guys who can make shots. They do a good job of getting the ball down the floor.Thats one thing that will be very, very important from the start -- getting back on defense. Getting our defense set will be a huge priority for us.The Buckeyes have established themselves as one of the nations top defenses through the first 10 games, allowing only one opponent to score more than 70 points -- a 79-77 overtime loss at home against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 6.UCLA is unlike any of Ohio States opponents to this point when it comes to scoring. The closest the Buckeyes faced is Marshall, which averages 86.6 points a game.Ohio State can gain confidence from that game heading into the matchup against the Bruins. The Buckeyes beat Marshall 111-70 in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 25. Matta said the Buckeyes will play at a faster pace similar to that game but wont try to match UCLA step for step.The Bruins showed their firepower against UC Santa Barbara with their fifth game of 100 points or more. Freshman standouts TJ Leaf and Ball each recorded a fifth double-double of the season, and reserve sophomore guard Aaron Holiday -- who started 34 games last year but now backs up Ball -- tallied his first career 20-point game.Leaf had 25 points, including 17 in the first half. He and Ball each had 10 rebounds. Leaf nearly finished with a triple-double, adding a season-high eight assists. Ball wound up with 13 points, seven assists and a season-high 10 rebounds.Its a lot of fun watching this team play and coaching this team, UCLA coach Steve Alford said after noting that the Bruins had 27 assists and only eight turnovers against the Gauchos. We move on now. We have a major test with our third Big Ten team coming up on Saturday.The Bruins defeated Nebraska 82-71 and Michigan 102-84. They also have a 74-67 win over Texas A&M, showing they can survive a challenge in a lower-scoring game. Their best achievement was a 97-92 triumph at then-No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 3.Ball is drawing comparisons to Jason Kidd while averaging 14.8 points, 8.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. He is a better perimeter shooter than Kidd, making 45.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. UCLA is shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc.Balls making great decisions, Matta said. He has a tremendous future ahead of him. Theres no question about that.Ohio State ranks No. 20 nationally allowing only 61.7 points a game, almost 36 points fewer than the Bruins scoring average. Greg Paulus, the former Duke standout who is Mattas defensive assistant, has told the Buckeyes it will require a team effort with defense away from the ball to challenge UCLA.It boils down to having an understanding that its five guys guarding the basketball, Paulus told the Columbus Dispatch. Its not just one-on-one, if you get scored on its not my guy who scored -- no, its on Ohio State. 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GLASGOW, Scotland -- Russian sport is a long way from convincing the world that it has cleaned up its act, the World Anti-Doping Agency declared Sunday, pointing to the states failure to accept it was behind a doping program, its continued obstruction of testing, and a series of cyberattacks.It would be better if they were maybe a little bit more contrite, WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press after being re-elected unopposed for a second term.Russia is seeking readmission to WADA a year after being declared non-compliant with the doping code, following the publication of a report detailing widespread cheating in track and field.Fresh evidence of state-backed doping cover-ups was revealed by investigators ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games, although WADAs recommendation of a blanket ban on Russias Olympic team was rejected by the IOC.Russias integrity is set to be challenged again when Canadian law professor Richard McLarens final doping report is published on Dec. 9, with the focus on winter sports.Reedie said Russia still has to get the rest of the world to believe that they have reformed and this (doping) wont happen again. So there is much work to be done.At Sundays Foundation Board meeting, WADA officials outlined how Russia continues to frustrate anti-doping officials by denying access to so-called closed cities where athletes are training and also to a sealed-off laboratory in Moscow that contains samples sought by sporting federations.The public criticism was delivered in front of Russian President Vladimir Putins anti-doping troubleshooter, Vitaly Smirnov, the former Soviet sports minister now heading Russias state-backed anti-doping commission.Russia has never had a state-sponsored system of doping, Smirnov responded defiantly.Vitaly Mutko, who was recently promoted from sports minister to deputy prime minister, was banned from attending the Rio Olympics after being accused by McLaren of ordering the cover-up of a failed drug test by a foreign soccer player.A WADA presentation on Sunday flagged up claims by Mutko that McLarens report was falsified and threats to prosecute those assisting the investigators.One of Mutkos deputies at the sports ministry, Yuri Nagornykh, was ousted on Putins orders after McLaren said he helped to orchestrate cover-ups of hundreds of drug tests. But Smirnov said Nagornykh was not a member of the government because he was deputy minister, maintaining that only ministers are members of the government.dddddddddddd.Russias unflinching denial of state involvement was rebutted by WADA, with Reedie endorsing clear evidence of collision between the laboratory and the ministry from McLarens investigation.Reedie does, however, believe there is a willingness to resolve the problems. And he will not insist on a full acceptance of guilt at government level as an absolute condition of Russias anti-doping body being cleared by WADA.It would be a great shame if they couldnt be compliant because they couldnt find a way of dealing with closed cities, Reedie said, referring to the areas where the Russian military restricts access. Maybe athletes shouldnt go there.Also straining relations are the cyberattacks on WADAs databases, which the agency attributes to Russia espionage groups -- as they appeared designed to raise doubts about the integrity of sports stars from Western nations.Records of Therapeutic Use Exemptions, which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned drugs because of a verified medical need, were leaked by a hacking group known as Fancy Bears.This doesnt make international acceptance of Russian improvement any easier if this goes on, Reedie said of the hacking.While disclosing that hackers are still trying to obtain logins and passwords, WADA said it would continue to oppose the publication of athletes medical information. The agency said 143 TUEs were granted before or during the Rio Games, with a handful of the 11,303 competing athletes requiring more than one.The system works perfectly, Reedie said, as the TUEs are allocated and agreed by responsible people in sport.WADA will remain under the leadership of the 75-year-old Reedie for the next three years, despite elements of the Olympic world appearing uneasy with the agencys attacks on Russia. Association of National Olympic Committees President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah had wanted a neutral chair to take over from Reedie, who was supported by the International Olympic Committee.The IOC congratulated Reedie on Sunday and said it welcomed his commitment ... to work towards the appointment of a neutral WADA President.Reedie responded: I have always been (neutral). I will continue to be, and behave, as independently as I can. ' ' '