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

College Basketball Report: Week 2

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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 ​

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 vsUNLV

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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Unpopular opinion: Why CJ Stroud’s weapons should take a backseat for Texans

After the conclusion of the season, Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans spoke about the top priorities for the offseason. One of the areas he highlighted was beefing up the defensive line.

However, after CJ Stroud's performance at the Pro Bowl throwing to top tier receivers, many would like the Texans to load up on weapons for Stroud to get the offense humming at the highest level.

What's interesting about this year's draft is Mel Kiper Jr. considers it a very offensive-heavy draft. His Top 9 prospects in the draft are on the offensive side of the ball.

So one could argue that the Texans could get a good value selecting defense at No. 23 overall, with so many offensive players flying off the board early.

Another thing to keep in mind is how the elite teams are winning now. The Chiefs, 49ers, Ravens, and Bills all have Top 5 defenses. While the Texans are much improved on defense, they're not in the Top 10.

The roster construction says defense is the priority

One could argue that the Texans could play a game today if they had to, based on who's under contract on offense. Stroud, Tank Dell, Nico Collins, John Metchie, Robert Woods, Dameon Pierce, and the entire o-line are still under contract. Only Dalton Schultz is set to be a free agent.

But on defense they have to replace or re-sign Jonathan Greenard, Sheldon Rankins, Blake Cashman, Denzel Perryman, Jimmy Ward (injured, old), and every cornerback on the team outside Derek Stingley.

When you put it like that, prioritizing a receiver or offensive lineman feels like a luxury pick/signing. They'll certainly have to add more running backs to the roster with only Pierce remaining, but that shouldn't be a position where they invest a lot of capital based on the needs of the defense.

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