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. 

Are Buzz Williams and the Aggies No. 1?

Fresh off a run to the championship game by Texas Tech and some high profile recent coaching hires in both football and basketball, the state of Texas appears to be in great shape when it comes to Division I college coaching duos. We ranked each sport, then took the total. The lower the score, the better. It's a pretty impressive group. We stayed with the six biggest programs (SMU would be No. 7, but there simply is not enough to go on to rank beyond that). Here is how your duo stacks up:

6) Baylor (10 points)

Baylor v Syracuse

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Scott Drew (fifth in the basketball rankings) has built a perennial tournament team at Baylor, but they have never been able to get past the Elite Eight. Still, he has been very good. Matt Ruhle (fifth among football coaches) took over a mess of a program and after a one-win season got the Bears to a bowl game last year and could take another step this year.

5) TCU (9)

TCU football coach Gary Patterson Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Gary Patterson (3) has been one of the best coaches in the state for a long time and the Frogs are lucky to have him. Jamie Dixon (6) put up a resume as impressive as anyone's at Pitt but has missed the NCAAs twice in two years at TCU.

4) Texas Tech (7)

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It's hard to argue with Chris Beard (1) as the top coach in the state, considering he was just minutes from a title and there is no reason to think he can't continue to thrive. Matt Wells (6) was an off-season hire who came off a 10-win season at Utah State but also had only three winning seasons in six years there and this is a tough step up.

2t) Texas (6)

University of Texas football coach Tom Herman Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Longhorns might have found the right guy in Tom Herman (2) for football, as Texas already has a New Year's Six win, his second as a head coach in the state. Shaka Smart (4) has been a mixed bag at the school, but is one of only three coaches in the state with a Final Four appearance.

2t) Houston (6)

Kelvin Sampson. Bob Levey/Getty Images

Kelvin Sampson (2) has engineered a remarkable turnaround with the basketball team with two straight appearances and a bright future. He also has a Final Four in his past. He has taken four different schools to the tournament. Dana Holgorsen (4) did well in a tough place at West Virginia and should thrive at Houston. He remains one of the best play callers in college football.

1) Texas A&M (4)

Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies debuted with a win. Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Jimbo Fisher (1) has scoreboard with a football national title at Florida State. He did a nice job in his first year at A&M and the future looks incredibly bright, although there will always be that pesky Alabama, LSU and Auburn to deal with. Buzz Williams (3) was a home run hire who had success in a tough Big East and then the rugged ACC. Aggie basketball should be a factor for years to come.

The basketball rankings

1) Beard

2) Sampson

3) Williams

4) Smart

5) Drew

6) Dixon

I had a tough time ranking 4-6, so I went to college basketball A.J. Hoffman, and this is how he ranked them.

The football rankings

1) Fisher

2) Herman

3) Patterson

4) Holgorsen

5) Ruhle

6) Wells

This one seemed a lot more clear cut, although you could make arguments among the top three. Would you trade your duo for any of these?

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