TEXAS LONGHORNS (10-2)
3️⃣1️⃣ point dub. 👏👏 #AllForTexas | #HookEm https://t.co/AaWiCvYeNO— Texas Men's Basketball (@Texas Men's Basketball) 1577764817.0
Last week (1-0): W-HPU 89-58
This week: Saturdayvs. Baylor
The Texas Longhorns came away victorious in an 89-58 win over the High Point Panthers, Monday night, inside the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center in Austin. Junior guard Jase Febres scored a game-high 16 points, as sophomore guard Andrew Jones added in 13 points and four assists in his first start following a battle with leukemia.
Winners of six of their last seven, the Longhorns will open their Big-12 schedule with a Texas Showdown against the Baylor Bears.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (6-5)
ON HIS HEAD!!! 🤕 @_JayChandler | #GigEm https://t.co/HWahiEq8s7— Texas A&M Basketball (@Texas A&M Basketball) 1577763967.0
Last week (1-0): W - Texas Southern 58-55
This week: Saturday vs. Arkansas
In a surprisingly competitive contest, the Texas A&M Aggies outlasted the Texas Southern Tigers in a three-point victory, Monday night, inside the Reed Arena in College Station. While recording 10 points, senior forward Josh Nebo was a dominant force in the middle for A&M as he tallied 15 rebounds and four blocks in the win.
After losing four straight, the Texas A&M Aggies will enter the SEC conference play riding a three-game winning streak ahead of their match against Arkansas on Saturday.
Houston Cougars (10-3)
Back to work today... With some new hardware in Guy V Lewis Development Facility Coogs open @American_MBB play vs… https://t.co/bwRoBBmMxU— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾) 1577567105.0
Last week (1-0): W - Washington 75-71
This week: Friday vs. UCF
The Houston Cougars closed out the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with a Christmas Day victory over No. 21 Washington Huskies Wednesday night. It was a come from behind win for the Cougars, as Houston trailed by 14 points early in the 1st half.
Behind a 19-point performance from both Caleb Mills and Fabian White Jr., UH went on to outscore the Huskies 44-35 in the second half to complete the comeback win.
With the upset over Washington, the Cougars won the mid-season Hawaiian tournament with White taking home Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 14.6 points and 5.6 rebounds during the three-game tournament.
As they head back to Houston riding a four-game winning streak, the Cougars will open their American Athletic Conference play with a showdown against UCF on Friday.
RICE OWLS (8-5)
Rice falls to Sam Houston State, 75-61. #GoOwls👐 x #TheRiceWay https://t.co/8ZGqmIwZUC— Rice Basketball (@Rice Basketball) 1577655782.0
Last week (0-1): L - Sam Houston 75-61
This week: Thursday vs. Marshall, Saturday Western KY
The Rice Owls closed their non-conference schedule with a 75-61 loss to the Sam Houston State BearKats, Sunday afternoon inside the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston. The Owls struggled out of the gate on the offensive end, and had no answer on the defensive end giving up 27 points (11-17 FG & 13 Rebs) to Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston's senior big man who scored a game-high in the win.
Following the loss, the Rice Owls will open their conference play against Marshall on Thursday, inside the Cam Henderson Center in West Virginia.
BAYLOR BEARS (10-1)
First ✌️ months of the season in the 📚 #SicEm 🐻 | #1TGF 🏀 https://t.co/un2L39uW9q— Baylor Basketball (@Baylor Basketball) 1577758980.0
Last week (1-0): W - Jackson State 83-57
This week: Saturday vs. Texas
The sizzling No. 6 Baylor Bears continued their early-season success with an 83-57 win over the Jackson State Tigers, Monday night, in Waco. After coming out of the gates missing their first six shots, Baylor closed out the first half on a 32-6 run to take a 48-24 by halftime.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bears, as Jared Butler recorded 18 points while MaCio Teague finished the night with 16 points and Davion Mitchell had 14. Closing out their non-conference schedule on a nine-game win streak, the Baylor Bears will host the Texas Longhorns on Saturday to begin their conference play.
TCU HORNED FROGS (9-3)
A look back at our 8⃣7⃣-5⃣3⃣ victory over George Mason. 📽️⤵️ #GoFrogs https://t.co/XDTBFSYj69— TCU Basketball (@TCU Basketball) 1577767019.0
Last week (1-0): W - George Mason 87-53
This week: Saturday vs Iowa
Desmond Bane proved to be too much for the George Mason Patriots to handle, as the senior guard scored a season-high 30 points in an 87-53 win for the TCU Horned Frogs. It was a wire-to-wire victory for TCU with Bane scoring 21 points in the first half shooting 5-for-7 from behind the arc.
Following the win, the Horned Frogs will open their Big-12 schedule on Saturday against Iowa State inside the Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (9-3)
Protected our house. On to the next fight. 🔴#4To1 | #WreckEm⚫️ https://t.co/jctwnmcBKZ— Texas Tech Basketball (@Texas Tech Basketball) 1577752623.0
Last week: (1-0) W - CSU Bakersfield 73-58
This week: Saturday vs. Oklahoma State
The Texans Tech Red Raiders won their fourth consecutive game in a convincing 73-58 victory over the California State Roadrunners on Sunday. As a whole, the Red Raiders stayed hot throughout the game, as Texas Tech shot 49.0% from the field, and a blazing 53% from behind the arc. Both Jahmi'us Ramsey and Kyler Edwards registered 20 points apiece, as the only players to score in double digits for Texas Tech.
Following the win, The Red Raiders will open their Big-12 Conference play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday, inside the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX.
SMU MUSTANGS (9-2)
New Year's Day 🏀 in Moody! 🆚 | USF // 4 p.m. 💻 l ESPNU 📻 | 770 AM // @tunein ℹ️ | https://t.co/xusxtkfxFO 🎫 |… https://t.co/j9rk88EPpx— SMU Basketball (@SMU Basketball) 1577568840.0
Last week (0-0): No Games Scheduled
This week: Wednesday vs USF, Saturday Vanderbilt
With no games on the schedule, SMU will return to the floor on Wednesday, January 1st, for a New Year showdown against the University of South Florida Bulls.
LSU TIGERS (8-4)
LSU handed Liberty its first loss of the season on Sunday! #BootUp 🐯 📄 https://t.co/H7L371ImdC https://t.co/uLaDGzj3Q7— LSU Basketball (@LSU Basketball) 1577660502.0
Last week (1-0): W - Liberty 74-54
This week: Saturday vs Tennessee
Following back-to-back losses to East Tennessee and USC, the LSU Tigers closed out their none-conference games with a 74-57 win over the Liberty Flames on Sunday. Behind a 14-point performance from Darius Day shooting 54% from the floor, and a dozen coming from Skylar Mays, the Tigers handed Liberty their first loss of the season.
LSU will prepare to open the SEC play on Saturday in a match against the Tennessee Volunteers inside the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN.
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.