College Basketball Report: Week 17
The Houston Cougars reclaim their place atop of the American Athletic Conference
TEXAS LONGHORNS (18-11), (8-8)
Last week: (1-0): W - Texas Tech 68-58
This week: Tuesday vs. Oklahoma, Saturday Oklahoma State
On Saturday, the Texas Longhorns came away victorious in a 68-58 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders inside United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock. Andrew Jones tied his career-high in the win, as the sophomore guard recorded 22 points 57.1% from the field.
Up next, the Longhorns will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners before welcoming the Cowboys to Austin on Saturday.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (14-14), (8-8)
Last week: (0-2): L - Kentucky 69-60, L - LSU 64-50
This week: Wednesday vs. Auburn, Saturday vs. Arkansas
After winning three straight, the Texas A&M Aggies are riding a two-game losing streak after dropping games against No. 6 Kentucky (69-60) and LSU (64-50). In both games, junior guard Savion Flagg led the way averaging 17.0 points, while Josh Nebo recorded 11.5 points and 7.5 boards.
After a disappointing week, the Aggies will look to end their losing streak ahead of the Conference Tournament on Wednesday against the Auburn Tigers.
Houston Cougars (27-7), (12-4)
Last week: (1-0): W- Cincinnati 68-55
This week: Thursday vs. UConn, Sunday Memphis
The Houston Cougars reclaimed their spot atop of the American Atheltic Conference with a 68-55 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats inside the Frittata Center in Houston. Despite a subpar shooting night as a team, Marcus Sasser led the way with a game-high 21 points in 33 minutes, as the sharpshooting guard recorded a dozen in the final period shooting 8-for-16 (50%) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.6%) from 3-point range.
Ahead of closing out the season in a home match against Memphis on Sunday, the Cougars will travel to Connecticut to take on the 17-12, 8-8 UConn Huskies, Thursday, inside the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.
RICE OWLS (14-15), (6-10)
Last week: (1-0): W- Middle Tennessee 77-66
This week: Wednesday vs. Southern Miss, Saturday UTEP
The Rice Owls closed out their regular-season series against Middle Tennesse Blue Raiders with a 77-66 win on Sunday. Trey Murphy III fell two rebounds short of recording a double-double with 17 points (8-14, 4-9 3PT) and eight boards in the win.
After trailing 29-24 at the half to the Blue Raiders, the Owls went on a tear in the second half. Rice shot a sizzling 64.2% from the field, 55.5% from behind the arc, as the scored a season-high 53 second-half points. Following the win, the Owls will take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Wednesday.
BAYLOR BEARS (26-3), (15-2)
Last week: (1-1): W - Kansas State 85-66, L - TCU 75-72, W - Texas Tech 71-68 OT
This week: Saturday vs. West Virginia
After ending their 23-game winning streak to Kansas, the Baylor Bears dropped their second conference game of the season in a 75-72 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.
Despite holding a seven-point lead at the half, the Bears' defense became a no show in the final 24 minutes, as Baylor allowed the Horned Frogs to score 54 points on 76.1% shooting from the floor, 63.4% from the deep.
Following a win over Texas Tech on Monday, the Bears will look to close out their regular season schedule in a road game against West Virginia.
TCU Horned Frogs (16-13), (7-9)
Last week: (1-1): L - Iowa State 65-59, W - Baylor 75-72
This week: Wednesday vs. Kansas, Saturday vs. Oklahoma
After a tough loss against the Iowa State Cyclone on Tuesday, the TCU Horned Frogs picked up their most impressive victory of the season against No. 4 Baylor Bears.
Behind a 23-point performance from senior Desmond Bane, TCU outscored Baylor 54-44 in the second half while shooting 76.1% from the floor, 63.4% from the deep. Up next, the Horned Frogs will look to end their Big 12 conference schedule on a high against the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday, and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-12), (9-8)
Last week: (0-0): L- Oklahoma 65-51, L - Texas 68-58, L - Baylor 71-68 OT
This week: Saturday vs. Kansas
Despite experiencing their worst stretch of the season, the Texas Tech Red Raiders nearly pulled an upset over the No. 4 Baylor Bears on Monday. Behind freshmen guards, Jahml'us Ramsey (13) and Kevin McCullar (13), Texas Tech ended the night shooting 50% from the floor inside the Ferrell Center in Waco.
Although they had a solid night from the field, the Red Raiders could not stop Baylor from scoring from the outside, as the Bears connected on 10 3-point field goals on 42% shooting from deep.
Up next, Texas Tech will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks to close out their 2019-20 college basketball season.
SMU Mustangs (19-9), (9-7)
Last week: (2-1): W- Memphis 58-53, L - Wichita State 66-62
This week: Wednesday vs. UCF, Saturday vs. USF
Before falling to Wichita State on Sunday, the SMU Mustangs took a 58-53 victory over the Memphis Tigers on Tuesday. Junior forward Tyson Jolly recorded a double-double of 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, as SMU forced 21 turnovers in which they converted into 20 points.
Following the win, the Mustangs will travel to Orlando to take on the UCF Bulls on Wednesday.
LSU Tigers (20-9), (11-5)
Last week: (1-1): L - Florida 81-66, W - Texas A&M 64-50
This week: Wednesday vs. Arkansas, Saturday vs. Georgia
After a 15 point loss to Florida, the LSU Tigers picked up a 64-50 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday. In the win, it was a great all-round performance from Skylar Mays, as the senior guard recorded 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four treys, to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Up next, the Tigers will look to end their regular-season conference schedule on Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs.