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 ​

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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College football needs to call a timeout on the 2020 season.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 are set to announce, maybe today, perhaps in a few weeks, whether they will play football this fall.

Already the Ivy League, Mountain West and Mid-American Conference have canceled their fall football season for health and safety reasons amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Power 5 conferences – the Big Ten, Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference – should get onboard and put their football seasons on hold, too.

While some elected officials without medical degrees say that coronavirus amounts to little more than sniffles for young people, healthcare experts argue that college-age people, while they do recover quickly and may not exhibit symptoms, do contract and spread the virus.

There has been a 90 percent increase of young people testing positive for the virus in the past four weeks. More important, health experts say they can't measure the long-term effects of the virus, which may include brain damage, heart disease and reduced lung capacity.

There is a simple solution to play or not play college football this fall – postpone the season to next spring, when health experts will know more about the disease. There possibly could be a vaccine by then, which would allow fans back in stadiums.

Many high-profile college players and coaches weighed in on the debate Monday, almost unanimously saying that the 2020 football schedule should be played on schedule, starting in a few weeks.

Players, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, adopted the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. In a tweet, Lawrence said that players would be more at risk for coronavirus if the fall season doesn't move forward. "We are more likely to get the virus in everyday life than playing football."

Lawrence added that, if the football season is canceled or postponed, players "will be sent home to their own communities where social distancing is highly unlikely."

Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN, "Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home."

Two points: University presidents should listen to only one group of people – healthcare professionals – when they decide whether to cancel or postpone the fall football season. Yes, players want to play during this pandemic. But players also want to play when they are injured or their brain was just scrambled by a vicious tackle. We applaud athletes who play with a broken leg. We see players with concussions plead with their coaches to put them back in the game.

As for the argument that players are more likely to catch the virus if they're sent home – who's sending them home? These are student-athletes. Students. Most college campuses will be open with students attending classes this fall. Major college programs like Clemson have 85 full scholarships designated for football. Colleges won't take away players' scholarships if the football season is canceled. Clemson's campus will open Sept. 21 for in-person classes.

ESPN college football analyst Greg McElroy also said the season should be played as scheduled: "If they're (players) OK, then I'm OK." Texas governor Greg Abbott chimed in on the players' side. He said, "It's their careers, it's their health."

What "careers" is he talking about? There are about 775 colleges that play football. Only 1.7 percent of all those players will play in the NFL or another professional league. On Sept. 3, Rice University will play Army. It is unlikely that any of those players will have a career in football. However, given the excellence of academics at those colleges, players will have career opportunities in something other than football. The average NFL career is 2-1/2 years. Rice and Army grads can top that.

The NBA is completing its season in a bubble in Orlando, with players confined to their hotels between games. Only 22 teams are in Orlando for the lockdown. The Rockets organization sent about 35 people, including coaches, players and essential personnel to Orlando.

Baseball is playing its season outside a bubble. So many players are testing positive for coronavirus that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last week threatened to end the season if teams don't do a better job of enforcing the league's health protocol. What's left is an unbalanced season. For example, the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners have played 18 games, while the St. Louis Cardinals have played only five games. The ironically first-place Miami Marlins, which had 18 players test positive, have played only 10 games.

College football can't be played in a bubble. There are too many teams, with some having more than 100 players and 20 coaches. And no sport thrives on fans' excitement and marching bands like college football. Several colleges, including the University of Texas and Texas A&M, have stadiums that hold more than 100,000 fans. Even if college football could be played in a bubble, it would require isolating players from August to January, when they're supposed to be in class. I know … supposed.

This one is easy. For the health and safety of players, play the fall 2020 season in spring 2021.

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