Are Buzz Williams and the Aggies No. 1?
TEXAS LONGHORNS (8-1)
Last week (2-0): W - UAB 67-57, W - Texas A&M 60-50
This week: Saturdayvs. Central Michigan
The Texas Longhorns continued their success with a perfect 2-0 record last week with wins against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (67-57) and Texas A&M (60-50). They won both games by a 10 point margin, with second-year guard, Andrew Jones, leading the way averaging 16.0 points on 52% shooting from the field, 57.1% shooting on made 3-point field goals.
In the midst of riding a four-game win streak, the Longhorns will return to the court on Saturday for a match against Central Michigan, inside the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center in Austin.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (3-5)
📊 @EmanMiller5 📊 Eman's 1️⃣4️⃣ rebounds yesterday were the most by a freshman since @rob_williamsIII pulled down… https://t.co/xYNo8Pn8vu— Texas A&M Basketball (@Texas A&M Basketball) 1575913190.0
Last week (0-1): L - Texas 60-50
This week: Sunday vs. A&M-Corpus Christi
Following a rough outing at the Orlando Invitational, the Texas A&M Aggies dropped their fourth consecutive game in a 60-50 loss to the Longhorns on Sunday. In the loss, A&M struggled to buy a basket from behind the arc as they shot 3-for-11 (27.3 %) in the game.
Buzz Williams and the Aggies will look to right the ship in a home match against the A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Sunday.
HOUSTON COUGARS (5-2)
Big plays from a big road win Sunday #ForTheCity #GoCoogs https://t.co/W8dobVwoJD— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾) 1575923400.0
Last week (2-0): W - Texas State 68-60, South Carolina 76-56
This week: Wednesday vs. UT Arlington, Sunday Oklahoma State
The Houston Cougars has been on a roll as of late with back-to-back wins against the Texas State Bobcats (68-60) and the South Carolina Gamecocks (76-56). Quentin Grimes is on his way to his second AAC Player of the Week honor, after averaging 22.5 points on 44.1% shooting from the field and a sizzling 42.8% from deep.
After the win, the Cougars will return to Houston for a two-game homestand against UT Arlington on Wednesday and Oklahoma State on Sunday.
RICE OWLS (6-4)
Rice falls to Lamar, 73-60. #GoOwls👐 x #TheRiceWay https://t.co/s52ZaQjqXc— Rice Basketball (@Rice Basketball) 1575756466.0
Last week (1-0): L - Lamar 73-60
This week: Saturday vs. Houston Baptist
Senior guard Ako Adams and sophomore forward Drew Peterson scored a combined 34 points on Saturday, but was unable to come away victorious in a 73-60 loss to the Lamar Cardinals. The Owls had no answer for the Cardinals inside presence, as Lamar outscored Rice 32-12 in points in the paint.
Following the loss, the Rice Owls will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, in a home against the winless (0-7) Houston Baptist Huskies.
BAYLOR BEARS (7-1)
Division 3 ➡️ Walk-On ➡️ #Big12MBB Player of the Week Congrats @freddieg_33! #SicEm 🐻 | #1TGF 🏀 https://t.co/ijmotFlZS1— Baylor Basketball (@Baylor Basketball) 1575918353.0
Last week (2-0): W - Maryland-Eastern 78-46, W - Arizona Wildcats 63-58
This week: Tuesday vs. Butler
The sizzling continued their early-season success with wins against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (78-46) and the Arizona Wildcats (63-58). Their defensive presence played an immense role in the Bears' success last week, as they held the Shore Hawks and the Wildcats to a combined 26.7% shooting from the floor, 18.7% from deep, to go along with a total of 31 made field goals
Win the win, Baylor has extended their winning streak to six, ahead of their home match against the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday.
TCU HORNED FROGS (6-2)
Funky Films | vs. Illinois State #GoFrogs 😈🎥 https://t.co/SyO7cvQ5B8— TCU Basketball (@TCU Basketball) 1575504078.0
Last week (1-1): W - Illinois State 81-69, L - USC 80-78
This week: Wednesday vs Winthrop, Saturday vs Lamar
The TCU Men's Basketball team split their two games last week starting with an 81-69 victory over Illinois State. The Horned Frogs dropped their second game of the week in a two-point defeat to the USC Trojans. Behind a 17 point and 11 rebounds performance by forward Kevin Samuel, TCU nearly pulled off an incredible comeback after trailing by 18 early in the second half.
TCU will return to action on Wednesday to face off against Winthrop and Lamar on Saturday.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (5-3)
Put on a show, @Sn1per_T! 🔴#4To1 | #WreckEm⚫️ https://t.co/ePYbOYpr35— Texas Tech Basketball (@Texas Tech Basketball) 1575518114.0
Last week: (0-1) L - Depaul 65-60
This week: Tuesday vs. Louisville, Monday vs. Southern Mississippi
Following a 5-0 start to the season, the Texas Tech Raiders are in a three-game skid following a 65-60 overtime loss to Depaul last Wednesday. The Red Raiders held a four-point led over the Blue Demons before Jalen Coleman-Lands took over late for Depaul with a clutch 3-point basket and free throws to ice the game.
Freshman guard, Terrence Shannon, Jr. scored a career-high 24 points on 9-for-18 (50%) shooting to go along with eight rebounds in the loss. Texas Tech will look to end their three-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Louisville Cardinals before taking on Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
SMU MUSTANGS (8-1)
Another day, another @150__KD lob to @Kkingzayy15 👀 https://t.co/eHT5mA7xRH— SMU Basketball (@SMU Basketball) 1575468300.0
Last week (1-1): W - Northwestern State 77-51, L - Georgetown 91-74
This week: No Games Scheduled
After starting the season with a perfect 8-0 record in a win over Northwestern State (77-51), The SMU Mustangs dropped their first game on the year in a 91-74 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas. Georgetown proved to have too much firepower for the Mustangs with four players scoring in double figures for the Hoyas. With no games on the schedule, SMU will return to the floor on Tuesday, December 20th against the Georgia Bulldogs
LSU TIGERS (7-2)
That performance was GOLD https://t.co/FOxCaozsYM— LSU Basketball (@LSU Basketball) 1575849590.0
Last week (2-0): W - New Orleans 90-54, W - Northwestern State 109-59
This week: Wednesday vs East Tennessee St.
The LSU Tigers proved to be too much for their competition-winning by an average margin of 43 points with wins over New Orleans (90-54) and Northwestern State (109-59). LSU will look to extend their winning streak to five on Wednesday in a home match against the East Tennessee St. The Tigers will continue their four-game homestand on Tuesday against New Orleans and Northwestern State on Sunday.
Luka Doncic had 41 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Dallas Mavericks prevented the Houston Rockets from advancing to the quarterfinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament with a 121-115 victory on Tuesday night.
Kyrie Irving added 22 of his 27 points in the second half for the Mavericks, who had already been eliminated. Their victory allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to win Group B in the Western Conference with a 3-1 record.
Doncic fell just short of his 59th career triple-double. That would have tied him for ninth place all-time with Larry Bird. He shot 15 of 29, 3 of 10 on 3-pointers.
“Sometimes we take him for granted, and we shouldn’t,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “He’s about winning, but it just so happens he’s a walking triple-double.
”The Mavericks, who trailed by nine points in the third quarter, grabbed the lead for good at 99-98 with 6:25 to play on a drive by Irving. Leading 103-100 with 5:25 left, they went on an 8-2 run that included three free throws by Derrick Jones Jr. when he was fouled by Dillon Brooks on a 25-footer with the shot clock about to expire.
Jabari Smith Jr.’s 3-pointer with 8 seconds left pulled the Rockets within 119-115 before Dallas closed it out.
Doncic played after sustaining a low-grade sprain of his left thumb on his non-shooting hand early in Saturday’s game. He wore a wrap on the thumb.
Doncic made a hook shot from the free throw line after recovering a loose ball near the baseline.
“I’m 2 for 2 in my career on the hooks,” Doncic said, saying the other came while playing for the Slovenian national team against Sweden.
Irving shot 2 for 11 in the first half, 1 for 5 on 3-pointers, with no free-throw attempts. He was 6 for 11 in the second half, hitting 1 of 2 behind the arc, and sank all nine free throws.
“I told the team, ‘Played well enough to win, not smart enough to win,’” Rockets coach Ime Udoka said. “We were extra-aggressive, especially at the end of the third quarter. Had multiple players make a few dumb fouls, put Kyrie at the line and got him going when he didn’t have a lot going. You can be aggressive, obviously, but slapping somebody on a 3-point shot on the arm is an unintelligent play. It has nothing to do with aggression.”
Alperen Sengun had a season-best 31 points for the Rockets, who had six scorers in double figures. Fred VanVleet had 10 points and 12 assists.
The Rockets have lost all six of their road games this season. They went into play leading the NBA by allowing an average of 104.4 points per game.
The Mavericks didn’t use the specially built court for either of their home tournament games, citing dissatisfaction with the quality.
Rockets: Will finish a back-to-back at Denver on Wednesday.
Mavericks: Host Memphis on Friday.