COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT: WEEK 13

The LSU Tigers look to keep up their winning ways alongside the nation's best team, the No. 1 Baylor Bears

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TEXAS LONGHORNS (14-8), (4-5)

Last week: (2-1): W - TCU 62-61, W - Iowa State 72-68, L - Kansas 69-58

This week: Saturday vs Texas Tech, Monday vs. Baylor

Before dropping a close one to the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks, the Texas Longhorns picked up back-to-back wins against the TCU Horned Frogs and the Iowa State Cyclones.

After trailing by one at the half, the Longhorns went on an 11-0 run in the final three minutes to come away victorious against the Cyclones. Sophomore guard Courtney Ramey recorded 14 points while freshman guard Donovan Williams tied his career-high with 13 points in the win.

Up next, the Longhorns will return home for an in-state showdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (10-10), (4-4)

Last week: (1-1): W - Tennessee 63-58, L - Georgia 63-48

This week: Tuesday vs. Missouri, Saturday vs. South Carolina

The roller-coaster season continued for the Texas A&M Aggies. They started the week taking a 63-58 victory over Tennessee, in a game where senior guard Wendell Mitchell led A&M to the win with 23 points. It also helped that the Volunteers went cold from behind the arc as Tennessee shot 27.3% from deep.

Following the win, the Aggies suffered one of their worst defeats in conference play with a 15-point loss at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. A&M had no answer for Georgia's Anthony Edwards, as the freshman guard recorded a career-high 29 points while shooting 48% from the floor.

Up next, the Aggies will return to the court on Tuesday to take on the Missouri Tigers.

Houston Cougars (17-5), (7-2)

Last week: (1-1): W - ECU 69-59, L - Cincinnati 64-62

This week: Thursday vs. Tulane, Sunday vs. Wichita State

One poor decision from Dejon Jarreau put the Houston Cougars in a critical light despite their outstanding play throughout the season. After winning their fifth straight game in a victory over ECU, the Cougars drop their second game in conference play in a 64-62 defeat to the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Cougars' play on the court was overshadowed by Jarreau's poor decision to bite Cincinnati's Mamoudou Diarra during a fight for a loose ball. As a result, Cougars' head coach Kelvin Sampson has suspended Jarreau for one game.

"After further reviews from multiple angles, it can clearly be seen that DeJon Jarreau bit Mamoudou Diarra." Sampson said. "With that in mind, I have chosen to suspend DeJon for Thursday's game against Tulane. I am confident DeJon will learn from this incident and the consequences of his actions."

RICE OWLS (10-13), (2-8)

Last week: (1-1): L - UTSA 90-88, W - North Texas 84-75

This week: Thursday vs. UAB, Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee

After extending their losing streak to five in a loss to UTSA, the Rice Owls pulled off an upset over the top-seeded North Texas Mean Green in an 84-75 victory in Houston.

The Owls completed a comeback late in the second half over North Texas after Rice connected on seven of their final eight baskets to close out the game on a 17-6 run. Trey Murphy III and Josh Parrish scored 15 points apiece, as Drew Peterson recorded 13 points and seven boards in the win.

Up next, the Owls will take on the UAB Blazers inside the Bartow Arena in Birmingham on Thursday.

BAYLOR BEAR (20-1), (9-0)

Last week: (3-0): W - Iowa State 67-53, W - TCU 68-52, W - Kansas State 73-67

This week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State, Monday vs. Texas

After picking up two blowout victories in back-to-back wins against Iowa State and TCU, the Baylor Bears survived a hard-fought battle against Kansas State on Monday. Sophomore guard Jared Butler recorded four made 3-point field goals and scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half to lead the way for the Bears.

As the nation's top-ranked school, Baylor will put their 19 game winning on the line on Saturday, in a showdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys inside the Ferrell Center in Waco.

TCU Horned Frog (13-8), (4-4)

Last week: (0-2): L - Texas 62-61, L - Baylor 68-52

This week: Wednesday vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday vs. Kansas

The TCU Horned Frogs have now lost five of their last six games after going winless during the previous week. Prior to dropping their third straight game in a loss against Baylor, the Horned Frogs suffered a heartbreaking 62-61 defeat to the Texas Longhorns.

Early in the second half, Texas held its largest lead at 45-35 before TCU responded with an 8-0 run of their own, which was ignited by RJ Nembhard's 3-pointer to tie the game at 59 points. With a chance for TCU to win the game, Texas' defense forced Nembhard to commit a traveling violation in the closing seconds. In the loss, Nembhard and Kevin Samuel led TCU on the night with 17 points apiece.

Up next, TCU will look to end their losing skid in a tough match against Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (13-8), (4-4)

Last week: (1-1): W - West Virginia 89-81, L - Kansas 78-75

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

After a tough overtime non-conference loss to Kentucky, the Texas Tech Red Raiders picked up an enormous 89-81 victory over No. 12 West Virginia.

In the win, three players registered 20 or more points with junior Davide Moretti scoring a career-high 25 points with four 3-pointers on the night. Terrence Shannon, Jr. added 23 points while Jahmi'us Ramsey had 21 inside the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock. Unfortunately, Texas Tech could not carry their momentum over to Kansas on Saturday, where the Red Raiders suffered a 78-75 loss.

Up next, Texas Tech will return home for a Big 12 match against Oklahoma on Wednesday.

SMU MUSTANGS (16-5), (6-3)

Last week: (1-1): L - Cincinnati 65-43, W - Tulane 82-67

This week: Saturday vs. Temple

With their three-game winning streak coming to an end in an embarrassing loss to Cincinnati (65-43), the SMU Mustangs recorded their own blowout win in an 82-67 victory over the Tulane Green Waves.

While shooting 50% from the floor, junior guard Tyson Jolly scored 20 points and sophomore Kendric Davis added a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds for their sixth win in conference play. Up next, the Mustangs will look to build off their big win on Saturday against the Temple Owls in Philadelphia.

LSU TIGERS (17-4), (8-0)

Last week (2-0): W - Alabama 90-76, W - Ole Miss 73-63

This week: Wednesday vs Vanderbilt, Saturday vs Aubrun

The LSU Tigers continued their hot start in conference play and extended their overall winning streak to 10 last week. Unlike their play on the football field, the Alabama Crimson Tide proved to be no match for LSU, as the Tigers had five players scored in double-digits with Emmitt Williams leading the Tigers with 23 points.

Following a close win over the Ole Miss, LSU will hit the road for an SEC matchup against Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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