The Texas Longhorns stay perfect as the Houston Cougars sufferer a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer

College Basketball Report: Week 2

TEXAS LONGHORNS (4-0)

Last week (2-0): W: California Baptist (67-54), W: Praire View A&M (70-56)

This week: Thursday vs. Georgetown, Friday vs. Duke or California

Thanks to another 2-0 week, the Texas Longhorns are off to a 4-0 start to begin the new season. Winning by an average margin of 13.5 points per game, the Longhorns won a blowout victory over the California Baptist Lancers, a game in which Texas' sophomore guard Courtney Ramey tied his career-high with 19 points (8-11 FG) and six rebounds.

To no one surprise, the Longhorns ended the week with a 70-56 victory over the Prairie View A&M Panthers. Up next, the Longhorns will travel to New York City to continue their 2K Empire Classic, where they will face off against the Georgetown Hoyas on Thursday.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (2-1)

Last week (1-1): W: ULM (63-57), L: Gonzaga

This week: Wednesday vs. Tory

The Aggies started the week extending their winning streak to three in a 63-57 comeback victory over the University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. In a surprising turn of events, the Warhawks held a 30-22 led over the Aggies heading into the halftime break. Behind a second-half surge, Texas A&M outscored Louisiana Monroe 41-27 in the second half en route to a win.

Unfortunately, the Aggies' winning streak came to an end with an embarrassing 30-point loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Up next, it's a short week for Texas A&M as they take on the Troy Trojans on Wednesday, inside Reed Arena in College Station.

HOUSTON COUGARS (1-1)

Last week (1-1): W: Alabama State (84-56), L: BYU (72-71)

This week: Tuesday vs. Rice, Friday vs. Oregon

The Houston Cougars' opened their season with an 84-56 victory over the Alabama State Hornets. It was an all-around performance from Houston, as the Cougars had five players scoring in double-figures with freshman guard, Marcus Sasser, leading the way with 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3PT).

The Cougars would go on to suffer a heartbreaking loss on Friday, losing to BYU on a buzzer-beater by TJ Haws. Houston would hit the road this week for a showdown against the Rice Owls and an early-season showdown against the Oregon Ducks.

RICE OWLS (4-1)

Last week (2-0): W: Northwestern State (80-74), W: UC Santa Barbara (82-81)

This week: Tuesday Vs. Houston, Friday vs. Milwaukee

After losing their season opener to Arkansas, the Rice Owls extended their win streak to four last week. The Owls recorded an 80-74 win over the Northwestern State Demons, a game where Rice endured a second-half surge (50-36) for a thrilling comeback victory.

The Owls won another nail biter on Saturday, with an 82-81 win over the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho. The Owls were led in scoring by sophomore guard, Trey Murphy III, who averaged 21.5 points while shooting an efficient 54.1% from the field, 55% from deep this past week. The Owls will look to extend their winning streak against Houston on Tuesday before kicking off the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase on Friday.

BAYLOR BEARS (2-1)

Last week (1-0): W: Texas State 72-63 โ€‹

This week: Thursday vs. Ohio

The Baylor Bears recorded their second consecutive win with a 72-63 win over the Texas State Bobcats. It was a strange win for the Bears as the Bobcats out-shot Baylor from the floor, shooting 42.6% in comparison to 41.0%, 35.3% to 26.1% from 3-point range. The Bears will hit the road to tip-off their Myrtle Beach Invitational on Thursday against the Ohio Bobcats in Conway, S.C.

TCU HORNED FROGS (3-0)

Last week (2-0): W: Louisiana 98-65, W: Air Force 65-54

This week: Thursday vs. UC Irvine, Sunday Clemson

The Horned Frogs are letting it be known that they may be one of the nation's Cinderella teams during the 2019-20 college basketball season. TCU opened the week at a 98-65 victory over the Louisiana Ragin Cajun, a game in which the Horned Frogs set a school record with 18 3-pointers in the win.

TCU followed their record-breaking performance with a 65-54 win over Air Force on Monday. After a perfect week, TCU is off to a 3-0 start and will put their win streak on the line Thursday in a home match against UC Irvine. The Horned Frogs will begin their MGM Resorts Main Event Tournament on Sunday, in a match against the Clemson Tigers.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (3-0)

Last week: (2-0) W: Houston Baptist 103-74

This week: Thursday vs Tennessee State, Sunday vs Long Island

The Texas Tech Raiders have opened their new season with three straight wins. Their most recent victory came in a convincing 103-74 win over the Houston Baptist Wolves. In the win, five players scored in double-figures with freshman guard, Jahmi'us Ramsey, leading the way with 25 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field, 3-4 from deep. Up next, the Raiders will open their Las Vegas Classic Regional Round against Tennessee State on Thursday, and Long Island on Sunday.

SMU MUSTANGS (4-0)

Last week (3-0): W: New Orleans (77-64), W: Jackson State (80-63), W: Evansville 59-57

This week: Saturday vs UNLV

The SMU Mustangs had a full week of games but still managed to stay perfect to start the season. The Mustangs most nail-biting win came in a narrow 59-57 win over the Evansville Purple Aces on Monday. Coming up, SMU will take part in the Southwestern Showdown Tournament, where they take on UNLV in Las Vegas, NV.

LSU TIGERS (2-1)

Last week (1-1): L: VCU (84-82), W: Nicholls (75-65)

This week: Tuesday vs UMBC, Friday vs Utah ST., Sunday Rhode Island

Still not the same buzz as their acquaintances on the gridiron, but the LSU Tigers seem poised for a solid year for the 2019-2020 season. The Tigers week got off to a heartbreaking loss with an 84-82 defeat to VCU. They trailed by 15 in the first half, and nearly pulled off a comeback Wednesday night.

Thankfully, LSU did not dwindle on the loss too long, as the Tigers bounced back with 75-65 win over Nicholls. LSU's senior guard, Skylar May, led the Tigers averaging 20.5 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the week. LSU will return to the court on Tuesday to take on UMBC on their home floor, before traveling to Jamaica to open their Jamaica Classic against Utah on Friday.

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Rockets get another much-needed win. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets went on a redemption tour by beating the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks. But the most pivotal win was against the Mavericks as the Rockets finally showed their true potential. John Wall finally made his return from his injury hiatus and played with a lot of energy. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Gordon combined for 61 points. It was great to see Stephan Silas crack a smile as he was able to beat his former team.

The Rockets clearly missed Wall during his eight-game absense. This season, the Rockets are a .500 team with Wall on the court. Wall is the Rockets' floor general that leads, constructs, and also pushes his teammates to become better.

Wall only played 21 minutes in the 133-108 win over the Mavericks but still had eight assists. Even though Wall only had 7 points, his presence was still felt by finding his teammates for open looks beyond the perimeter. Wall made sure Cousins and Gordon got a plethora of touches. He called multiple actions, so they got open looks from three, which was mainly Gordon. Gordon and Cousins' struggles have been similar but with Wall on the court, they were successful against the Mavericks. According to NBA Stats, Wall posted a 111 offensive rating with the starters versus the Mavericks, which included Gordon and Cousins.

"He's the engine to this team. He gets everybody going. He makes the game easy," Cousins told a reporter after the game. "The pressure that he constantly puts on the defense is a tough thing to deal with."

Gordon has struggled all season long with three-point shooting and relied on his slashing abilities. Saturday night, Gordon made six three pointers against the Mavericks, which was 66 percent from beyond the perimeter. Gordon increased his three-point percentage from 31 percent to 34.5 percent after Saturday night's game. Gordon's 33 points came from being able to attack the entire Mavericks' defense. Willy Cauley-Stein didn't stand a chance against Gordon as he was burned multiple times. Gordon's been a lifesaver for the Rockets in the last two games, and hopefully he maintains his play.

Cousins played fantastic against the Mavericks scoring 28 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. This is Cousins' first double-double with the Rockets this season. Cousins became the vintage player from the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings. It was extremely fun watching Cousins push the ball up the court and aggressively snatch rebounds. Boogie shot 50 percent from behind the arc by making four three-pointers. He was dominant inside the paint as Cousins went 7/8 from the restricted area versus the Mavericks. This was the game Cousins needed after having a poor performance against the Pistons Friday night.

"It was really, really good. He did it all. He's a physical presence on both ends of the floor," as Silas said on Cousins' performance.

David Nwaba and Mason Jones were big factors off the Rockets' bench by having a combined total of 34 points together. Nwaba has been great in transition for the Rockets the entire season. Keep in mind that Nwaba is returning from an Achilles injury he suffered with his former team, the Brooklyn Nets. Nwaba has became a great defender, slasher, and is averaging a career-high nine points per game with the Rockets. He finished with 18 points on Saturday night versus the Mavericks.

Mason Jones has become a fan favorite of the Rockets because of his confidence. Silas is loving the usage of Jones off the bench but wants to find more minutes for him. Jones had a breakout performance versus the San Antonio Spurs with 24 points off 66 percent shooting from the field. He continues to get better with his reads from the point guard position. Jones' knowledge of running the offense has helped his efficiency on the court. He is never afraid to take clutch shots in pivotal moments of the game.

"To have a young kid who can come in and not be afraid of the moment, that's big. That's a tough position to be in as an undrafted rookie. I trust him. It's a good problem to have," Silas mentioned after the game. "He's showing me he's ready. He's a confident kid, and he should be. That's why he's good. He's not afraid of the moment, at all. He can get us organized, run plays, and score the basketball."

Hopefully, the Rockets can sustain their level of play when Victor Oladipo returns against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday. It will be interesting to watch Oladipo and Wall play in the same backcourt.

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