TEXAS LONGHORNS (10-4), (1-2)
9️⃣ blocks. 8️⃣ steals. Bringing the heat on defense. 🔥 #AllForTexas | #HookEm https://t.co/fQnFCmBTM9— Texas Men's Basketball (@Texas Men's Basketball) 1578939787.0
Last week (1-1): L - Oklahoma 72-62, W - 64-50
This week: Wednesdayvs. Oklahoma State, Saturday vs. Kansas
After dropping their second consecutive conference game, the Texas Longhorns picked up their first win with a 64-50 victory over Kansas State, Saturday night, inside the Frank C. Erwin Center in Austin.
In the win, Texas had one of their best defensive performances of the season, as the Longhorns held the Wildcats to a season-low 50 points, which includes 23 points on 30.0% field goal shooting (9-30) in the second half.
Following the win, UT will hit the road to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Wednesday, before hosting a Big 12 match against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (8-6), (2-1)
🎥 R U N I T B A C K | V A N D Y #GigEm https://t.co/hIlLfS4Lv8— Texas A&M Basketball (@Texas A&M Basketball) 1578963600.0
Last week (2-0): W - Ole Miss 57-47, W- Vanderbilt 69-50
This week: Tuesday vs. LSU, Saturday South Carolina
Unlike their in-state rivals in Austin, the Texas Aggies had a perfect week after dropping their conference opener against Arkansas. Texas A&M pulled off a victory against Ole Miss (57-47) and Vanderbilt (69-50) to improve on 2-1 in conference play.
In both games, Josh Nebo came up huge for the Aggies, but none more so than in the win against Ole Miss. The senior forward from Houston scored 17 points while shooting 5-for-5 from the floor, and grabbing nine rebounds and collected four blocks in the win. Following the win, The Aggies will host LSU and South Carolina inside the Reed Arena in College Station.
Houston Cougars (12-4), (2-1)
Averaging 22.5 ppg last week, @calebmills_3 was named to @American_MBB Honor Roll for first time in career Caleb &… https://t.co/wWUxSXRWvI— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾) 1578942659.0
Last week (1-1): W - Temple 78-74, L- Tulsa 63-61
This week: Wednesday vs. SMU, Saturday vs. Wichita State
The Houston Cougars extended their winning streak to six before dropping a two-point loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday. In the loss, the Cougars missed seven consecutive shots in the last five minutes despite holding a 60-54 lead midway through the second half.
In both games, freshman guard Caleb Mills came up huge averaging 22.5 points on 51.5% shooting from the field, 48.2% from 3-point range. After the tough loss, the Cougars will return to the Fertitta Center for a Texas showdown against SMU before taking on Wichita State on Saturday.
RICE OWLS (9-8), (1-3)
ICYMI | Ako Adams (@smellyahk202) keeps climbing the leaderboard with his 187th made 3 pointer of his career. He p… https://t.co/e76F7qyQhc— Rice Basketball (@Rice Basketball) 1578939786.0
Last week (1-1): L - Florida Atlantic 81-76, W - FIU 92-78
This week: Thursday vs. Louisiana Tech, Saturday Southern Miss
After losing their fourth straight game in a loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday, the Rice Owls bounced back with a convincing 14-point victory over the FIU Panthers on Saturday.
In the win, Rice shot a blazing 52.9% from the field, 40.0% from 3-point land. Five players led the Owls in scoring with Ako Adams leading the way with 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-10 3PT), while Josh Parrish added in 18. Up next, Rice will look to make it two straight against Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
BAYLOR BEARS (13-1), (3-0)
Jared Butler named #Big12MBB Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season. It’s his 3rd career Big 12 weekly hon… https://t.co/eFZunr0OSw— Baylor Basketball (@Baylor Basketball) 1578963070.0
Last week (2-0): W - Texas Tech 57-52, W - Kansas 67-55
This week: Wednesday vs. Iowa State, Saturday Oklahoma State
While improving their national rank to No. 2, the Baylor Bears extended their conference play winning streak to three with wins against Texas Tech on Tuesday and Kansas on Saturday.
In the win against Texas Tech, only one player scored in double digits (Davion Mitchell 14), as the Bears struggled offensively on the road. However, in their 12-point victory over the Jayhawks, Baylor had four players to score in double figures with Jarred Butler leading the way with 22 points shooting 50% from the field, 42.8% from behind the arc.
Following their overall 12th straight victory, the Bears will put their winning streak on the line against Iowa State on Wednesday.
TCU HORNED FROGS (12-3), (3-0)
Funky Films | vs. Oklahoma State #GoFrogs 😈🎥 https://t.co/USP1MepznP— TCU Basketball (@TCU Basketball) 1578873571.0
Last week (2-0): W - Kansas State 59-57, W - Oklahoma State 52-40
This week: Tuesday vs West Virginia, Saturday vs Oklahoma
Currently riding a four-game winning streak, the TCU Horned Frogs are off to a great start to their Big 12 Conference play with wins against Kansas State (59-57) and Oklahoma State (52-40) this past week.
In both games, Desmond Bane proved to be too much for his opponents to handle, averaging 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Following the win, TCU will continue their conference play against West Virginia on Tuesday.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (10-5), (1-2)
Ready for the next round. 🔴#4To1 | #WreckEm⚫️ https://t.co/3tQKdeCXaR— Texas Tech Basketball (@Texas Tech Basketball) 1578963362.0
Last week: (0-2) L - Baylor 57-52, West Virginia 54-66
This week: Tuesday vs. Kansas State, Saturday vs. Iowa State
After falling to the Baylor Bears on their home floor, the Texas Tech Red Raiders dropped their second consecutive game in a 66-54 loss to No. 17 West Virginia.
With their star guard Jahmi'us Ramsey scoring a season-low eight points, Davide Moretti led Texas Tech with 16 points after connecting on four 3-point field goals. Outside Moretti, the Red Raiders struggled as a whole shooting just 30.9 percent from the field. Up next, Tech will look to end their two-game losing skid against Kansas State on Tuesday.
SMU MUSTANGS (12-3), (2-1)
BACK 2️⃣ BACK ⤵️ @150__KD earns @American_MBB honors for the second consecutive week. 📰 | https://t.co/hdvjt5Qa7L https://t.co/bt4zruhTPV— SMU Basketball (@SMU Basketball) 1578942659.0
Last week: (1-1) W - UCF 81-74, L - ECU 71-68
This week: Wednesday vs. Houston, Saturday Temple
Following an 81-74 victory over UCF, the SMU Mustangs lost a heartbreaking 71-68 defeat at the hands of East Carolina on Saturday. Tristen Newton scored a 3-point basket in the final second of the game to lead ECU to the upset win over the Mustangs.
Isiaha Mike tallied in 21 points, as SMU's four-game winning streak came to end. Following the loss, the Mustang will look to get back to their winning ways on Wednesday, in an American Athletic showdown against the Houston Cougars in Houston.
LSU TIGERS (11-4), (3-0)
Just an incredible play by Skylar Mays! #SCTop10 https://t.co/AK7F4dMPrN— LSU Basketball (@LSU Basketball) 1578798874.0
Last week (2-0): W - Arkansas 79-77, W - Mississippi State 60-59
This week: Tuesday vs Texas A&M, Saturday Ole Miss
Nowhere near the same level of excitement as their colleagues on the gridiron who just took home the National Championship title, the LSU Tigers are currently riding a four-game winning streak after picking up wins against Arkansas and Mississippi State.
In the win against the Mississippi State, Skylar Mays scored a go-ahead buzzer beater in the final seconds of the game to lead the Tigers to a nail-biting one-point victory. Following the win, the Tigers will travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies, before moving on to Oxford Mississippi to take on Ole Miss.
Luka Doncic had 41 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Dallas Mavericks prevented the Houston Rockets from advancing to the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament with a 121-115 victory on Tuesday night.
Kyrie Irving added 22 of his 27 points in the second half for the Mavericks, who had already been eliminated. Their victory allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to win Group B in the Western Conference with a 3-1 record.
Doncic fell just short of his 59th career triple-double. That would have tied him for ninth place all-time with Larry Bird. He shot 15 of 29, 3 of 10 on 3-pointers.
“Sometimes we take him for granted, and we shouldn’t,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “He’s about winning, but it just so happens he’s a walking triple-double.
”The Mavericks, who trailed by nine points in the third quarter, grabbed the lead for good at 99-98 with 6:25 to play on a drive by Irving. Leading 103-100 with 5:25 left, they went on an 8-2 run that included three free throws by Derrick Jones Jr. when he was fouled by Dillon Brooks on a 25-footer with the shot clock about to expire.
Jabari Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer with 8 seconds left pulled the Rockets within 119-115 before Dallas closed it out.
Doncic played after sustaining a low-grade sprain of his left thumb on his non-shooting hand early in Saturday’s game. He wore a wrap on the thumb.
Doncic made a hook shot from the free throw line after recovering a loose ball near the baseline.
“I’m 2 for 2 in my career on the hooks,” Doncic said, saying the other came while playing for the Slovenian national team against Sweden.
Irving shot 2 for 11 in the first half, 1 for 5 on 3-pointers, with no free-throw attempts. He was 6 for 11 in the second half, hitting 1 of 2 behind the arc, and sank all nine free throws.
“I told the team, ‘Played well enough to win, not smart enough to win,’” Rockets coach Ime Udoka said. “We were extra-aggressive, especially at the end of the third quarter. Had multiple players make a few dumb fouls, put Kyrie at the line and got him going when he didn’t have a lot going. You can be aggressive, obviously, but slapping somebody on a 3-point shot on the arm is an unintelligent play. It has nothing to do with aggression.”
Alperen Sengun had a season-best 31 points for the Rockets, who had six scorers in double figures. Fred VanVleet had 10 points and 12 assists.
The Rockets have lost all six of their road games this season. They went into play leading the NBA by allowing an average of 104.4 points per game.
The Mavericks didn’t use the specially built court for either of their home tournament games, citing dissatisfaction with the quality.
Rockets: Will finish a back-to-back at Denver on Wednesday.
Mavericks: Host Memphis on Friday.