A.J. HOFFMAN

College basketball report: UT gets big win, A&M struggles, UH knocks of BYU

Kerwin Roach had a big game against North Carolina. Sam Wasson/Getty Images

TEXAS LONGHORNS (5-1)

Last week (1-1): W- North Carolina 92-89, L- Michigan State 78-68

This week:  Friday vs. Radford

Texas started out the Las Vegas Invitational with a bang, dropping the No. 7 ranked North Carolina Tarheels 92-89. It was a great night for Kerwin Roach, who had a career-high 32 points to go with his seven assists and six steals. Roach was incredibly efficient, shooting 12 of 15 from the field. Matt Coleman added 16 points and five assists as well. 3-point shooting was a bright spot for the Horns (for the first time all season, as they hit 46% from distance. Texas moved on to the finals of the tournament, where they took on the 11th ranked Michigan State Spartans. The game started well for Texas, as they led by as many as 19 in the first half. The Spartans bounced back, though, and dropped the Horns by a score of 78-68. The 3-point shot that worked so well against the Heels was absent, with the Longhorns shooting just 27% from behind the arc. Roach again led Texas with 15 points, but shot just 4-14 on the night. The loss was Texas’ first blemish of the season. The Longhorns play Radford at home on Friday. 

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (2-4)

Last week (1-1): L- Washington 71-67, W- South Alabama 74-62

This week: Monday (Dec. 3) vs. Northwestern State

Texas A&M led Washington by 13 in the 1st half, but defensive lapses in the second half sent the Aggies to another loss, 71-67. Jay Jay Chandler was a bright spot for the Aggies, leading them with 21 points. Fouls plagued the Aggies in this game, as the Huskies got 25 points from the free throw line. Savion Flagg made sure the Aggie’s losing streak didn’t get any longer, as he led the Ads with 25 points in a 74-62 win over South Alabama. The Aggies out rebounded the Jaguars 37-22 on the night, and added 9 blocks in the effort. The win was the 350th of Billy Gillespie’s career. The Aggies don’t play again until December 3rd when they will take on Northwestern State. 

HOUSTON COUGARS (4-0)

Last week (1-0): W- BYU 76-62

This week: Wednesday vs. UT-Rio Grande ValleySaturday vs. Oregon

Houston got a dominant win over solid BYU squad on Saturday, 76-62. The Cougars got 24 points from Corey Davis and 19-6-6 from Cedrick Alley. Senior Breaon Brady added 17 points on 8-12 shooting. Houston shot 50% from the field and out rebounded BYU 36-28. The Coogs have two games this week, against UT-Rio Grande Valley and Saturday against the Oregon Ducks. 

RICE OWLS (3-4)

Last week (0-2): L- @ BYU 105-78, L- Wichita State 90-61

This week: Wednesday @ Texas State, Saturday vs. Lamar

The schedule got tough for the Owls last week, and they didn’t hold up well to the change. They dropped a laugher to BYU, 106-78, in a game that was never close. The Owls turned it over 13 times, to the Cougars six. BYU shot 56% from the field, and overwhelmed the Owls offensively. Ako Adams led the Owls with 17 points in the loss. Things didn’t get better for Rice on their road trip to Wichita, where they dropped a 90-61 contest to the Shockers. The Owls shot the ball horribly, going 38% from the field and a pathetic 15% from 3-point distance. Jack Williams and Chris Mullins had 12 points a piece to lead the Owls in defeat. Rice goes to Texas State on Wednesday and back home for Lamar on Saturday.

BAYLOR BEARS (4-2)

Last week (1-1): L- Ole Miss 78-70, W- George Mason 72-61

This week: Wednesday vs. South Dakota, Saturday @ Wichita State

Baylor dropped a back and forth battle against Ole Miss in the opening round of the Emerald Coast Classic by a final score of 78-70. Baylor was unable to overcome a horrible 3-point shooting night, hitting only 2 of their 18 attempts. The Bears also turned the ball over 18 times on the night. Tristan Clark was a bright spot for Baylor. He scored 27 points on an impressive 11-13 shooting. The Bears looked better in the 3rd place game, taking out George Mason 72-61. King McClure scored 27 points, including going 5 3-pointers made and a team high 14 rebounds. The Bears have South Dakota at home on Wednesday and travel to Wichita State this weekend. 

TCU HORNED FROGS (4-1)

Last week (1-1): L- Lipscomb 73-64, W- Eastern Michigan 87-69

This week: Friday vs. Central Michigan

TCU became the first team ranked in the Top 25 to lose to Lipscomb in their program’s history, as the Frogs fell 73-64. TCU’s inexperience was evident as they were outworked by the senior-laden Bisons. TCU committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Alex Robinson led the Frogs in defeat, posting a 17-10-6 line in defeat. TCU came back strong against Eastern Michigan on Monday night, getting an 87-69 win. Kouat Noi had 27 points in the win, highlighted by hitting 5 out of 8 3-point attempts. The Frogs shot 61% from the field in the game. TCU gets Central Michigan at home on Friday. 

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (6-0)

Last week: W- Nebraska 70-52, W- Northern Colorado 93-62

This week: Saturday vs. Memphis

Texas Tech got their best win of the season, beating Nebraska 70-52 in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic. Nebraska jumped out to an early double digit lead, but Tech hung around and took a lead into halftime. The second half was all Red Raiders. Jarrett Culver led Tech with 27 points in the win. Texas Tech had a 38-29 advantage on the boards in the win. Things kept rolling for Tech back in Lubbock against Northern Colorado. Culver kept the hot hand going, leading the Red Raiders with 20 points in the 93-62 win. Kyler Edwards added 19. The difference in the teams was at the 3-point line. Tech hit 10/16 and held NCU to 4/24. Texas Tech has a matchup with Memphis on Saturday. 

SMU MUSTANGS (3-3)

Last week (1-1): L- Bradley 75-62, W- Wright State 79-76

This week: Tuesday vs. Lamar, Thursday vs. McNeese, Sunday vs. Oral Roberts

SMU was lit up by the Bradley Braves in the opening round of the Cancun Challenge, dropping a 75-62 decision. The Mustangs poor shooting was an obvious culprit, as they shot just 37% from the field. Jahmal McMurray was the offensive bright spot for the Ponies, with 19 points in the loss. Jimmie Whitt had 13 rebounds. Whitt would play a bigger role in the 3rd place game of the tournament, as his 18 points were capped by the game winner with under 5 seconds to go in the 77-76 win over Wright State. McMurray again was the offensive leader, hitting 7 3-pointers as part of his 27 points. The Mustangs have a busy week ahead, with games against Lamar, McNeese and Oral Roberts this week. 

LSU TIGERS (5-2)

Last week (1-2): W- Charleston 67-55, L- Florida State 79-76 (OT), L- Oklahoma State 90-77

This week: Saturday vs. Grambling

LSU ran into their first adversity of the season last week. It started out well enough, with a 67-55 win over College of Charleston. Emmitt Williams had 14 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Things went downhill in a hard-fought battle against Florida State that the Tigers ultimately dropped, 79-76. The Seminoles hit the game winning 3 with under a second left in overtime. Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 in the loss. The biggest differences in the game for LSU was Florida State’s 43-30 rebounding edge and 18-12 turnover advantage. Mays again scored 20 in the 3rd place game, a 90-77 loss to Oklahoma State. Super-freshmen Nad Reid and Ja’Vonte Smart combined to go 4-22 from the field. Defense was also a struggle for the Tigers, as they allowed the Cowboys to shoot 59% from the field. LSU gets Grambling at home this weekend. 

College Basketball Report: Week 16

The Baylor Bears' 23-game winning streak comes to an end against Kansas

Shaka Smart and Texas are fading fast. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TEXAS LONGHORNS (17-11), (7-8)

Last week: (3-0): W - TCU 70-56, W - Kansas State 70-59, W - West Virginia 67-57

This week: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

The Texas Longhorns ended their four-game losing streak in a 70-56 home victory over the TCU Horn Frogs on Wednesday. Sophomore guard Andrew Jones recorded a career-best 21 points (7-14 FG, 3-5 FG), while freshman center Will Baker added a career-high 20 points in the win.

Up next, the Longhorns will prepare for an in-state match against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, after picking up two more victories against Kansas State (70-59) and West Virginia (67-57).

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (14-12), (8-6)

Last week: (2-0): W - Alabama 74-68, W - Mississippi State 87-75

This week: Tuesday vs. Kentucky, Saturday vs. LSU

The Texas A&M Aggies have found their stride with four games left before the start of the SEC Tournament. Last week, the Aggies won back-to-back games, picking up wins against the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

In both games, Texas A&M received great production from their frontcourt duo of Quenton Jackson and senior Josh Nebo. Jackson led the way averaging a team-high 19.0 points 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals, while Nebo averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds over the past week.

Up next, the Aggies will look to extend their winning streak on Wednesday, in a home match against No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats.

Houston Cougars (27-7), (11-4)

Last week: (1-1): W- Tulsa 76-43, L - Memphis 60-59

This week: Sunday vs. Cincinnati

After handing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane their worst loss of the season, the Houston Cougars dropped a heartbreaking defeat to the Memphis Tigers in a 70-69 loss Saturday afternoon.

In one of his best performances of his collegiate career, Houston's freshman guard Caleb Mills scored a game-high 21 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3PT), while Marcus Sasser added in 18 points for the Cougars.

After a slow start to the game, the Cougars played from behind for a majority of the game, as they trailed 27-23 entering the halftime break. Although Houston won the second period by three (36-33), Memphis closed out the game in the final seconds, as forward Precious Achiuwa hit two go-ahead free throws with 28.2 seconds left.

With only one game on the schedule, the Cougars will return to the court on Sunday in a home match against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

RICE OWLS (13-15), (5-10)

Last week: (0-1): L- UTEP 68-62

This week: Sunday vs. Middle Tennessee

Despite leading by 13 points at the half, the Rice Owls were outscored 49-30 during the second period, as the UTEP Miners took a comeback 68-60 victory on Saturday.

The Owls held a 32-19 lead at the half which extended to 19 after a hot start to the second half. Unfortunately, Rice missed their next 13 shots as UTEP went on a 19-0 run to ignite a comeback victory over. The Owls also had no answer for UTEP's senior guard Daryl Edwards registered a career-best 34 points (11-22 FG, 8-12 3pt) in 40 minutes of action.

Following their most disappointing loss of the season, the Owls will take on Middle Tennessee on Sunday, inside Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

BAYLOR BEAR (24-2), (13-1)

Last week: (1-1): W - Oklahoma 64-54, L - Kansas 64-61

This week: Tuesday vs. Kansas State, Saturday vs. TCU

After extending their winning streak to 23 in a victory over Oklahoma, the No. 1 Baylor Bears dropped their first game since Nov. 8 in a 64-61 loss to the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks, Saturday afternoon in Waco. Kansas' Udoka Azubuike determined to be too much for the Bears to handle, as the senior big man recorded a double-double of 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the win.

With 6:30 left in the second half, the Jayhawks held a 10-point lead before Baylor embarked on a late-game surge. The Bears connected on back-to-back 3-point field goals and came within one (62-61) with 18 seconds left in the game. After two made free-throws by Isaiah Moss (who added in 13 points), Baylor's Jared Butler missed a potential game-tying 3-point field goal for a chance to send the game into overtime.

Up next, the Bears will look to return to their winning ways on Tuesday, in a home match against Kansas State.

TCU Horned Frogs (15-12), (6-8)

Last week: (1-1): L - Texas 70-56, W - West Virginia 67-60 OT

This week: Tuesday vs. Iowa State, Saturday vs. Baylor

After suffering a blowout loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns, the TCU Horn Frogs picked up a much-needed victory in a 67-60 overtime win over West Virginia on Saturday. The win over West Virginia marked TCU's largest comeback of the season, as the Horn Frogs trailed by 10 early in the second period.

Only two players scored in double-figures with Kevin Samuel leading the way with 19 points (7-7 FG), eight rebounds, five blocks and two steals, while Both RJ Nembhard scored 16 points apiece on 50% shooting from the field. After the win, TCU will return to action on Tuesday in a match against Iowa State.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-9), (9-5)

Last week: (2-0): W- Kansas State 69-62, W - Iowa State 87-57

This week: Tuesday vs. Oklahoma, Saturday vs. Texas

Prior to picking up their largest win of the season in a 30-point victory over the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders survived a 69-62 win over the Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday. Texas Tech did so by out-shooting the Cyclones, as they connected for 50.0% of their shots from the floor.

With four triples on the night, Davide Moretti scored a team-high 18 points, while Jahmi'us Ramsey went for 17 points and Kyler Edwards added in 14 in the win. Texas Tech will return to the court on Tuesday for a BIG 12 match against the Oklahoma Sooners, before taking on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

SMU Mustangs (18-8), (8-6)

In what could have been an easy week for SMU, the Mustangs dropped back-to-back disappointing loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurrican and Tulane Green Waves.

In both games, the Mustangs defense was a no-show, as their opponents shot a combined 52.9% from the field and a sizzling 41% from behind the arc. In the loss against Tulane, four players scored in double-figures with Teshaun Hightower leading the way with a career-best 26 points on the night. Up next, SMU will look to end their two-game skid on Tuesday, in a match against the Memphis Tigers.

LSU Tigers (19-8), (10-4)

Last week: (1-1): L - Kentucky 79-76, W - South Carolina 86-80

This week: Wednesday vs. Florida, Saturday vs. Texas A&M

The Tigers came three-point shy from pulling off an upset, as the Kentucky Wildcats came away with a 79-76 victory over LSU. Despite a well-rounded team performance from LSU, the Wildcats' hot shooting gave them the advantage. Kentucky shot 74% from the floor while connecting on seven out of eight 3-point field goals during the second half.

After the tough loss, the Tigers bounced back with an 86-80 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. In the win, sophomore guard Javonte Smart led LSU in the win with 18 points, while freshman forward Trendon Watford notched a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Up next, LSU will return to the court on Wednesday to face off against the Florida Gators.

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