Shaka Smart and Texas are fading fast. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
TEXAS LONGHORNS (5-1)
.@mattcoleman2_ was ballin’ up in NYC. 😤 #AllForTexas | #HookEm https://t.co/mLrxF1A7PY— Texas Basketball (@Texas Basketball) 1574621172.0
Last week (1-1): L: Georgetown 82-66, W: California 62-45
This week: Saturday vs. McNeese State
The Longhorns continued their tour of the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project with an 82-66 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas. The 16-point defeat snapped Texas' four-game win streak to open the new season. After allowing the Hoyas to shoot 50.9% from the field, 45.5% from deep, the Longhorns picked up their defense in a win against the California Golden bears, where Cal shot 34.6% from the floor, 20.0% from 3-point range. Following a week in the Big Apple, the Longhorns will return to Austin on Saturday to face off against the McNeese State Cowboys.
TEXAS A&M AGGIES (3-1)
🎥 ʀᴜɴ ɪᴛ ʙᴀᴄᴋ | ᴛʀᴏʏ #getBETTER #GigEm https://t.co/uE4OLle7MB— Texas A&M Basketball (@Texas A&M Basketball) 1574377200.0
Last week (1-0): W: Troy 56-52
This week: Thursday vs. Harvard
After trailing 25-17 in the first half, the Aggies outscored the Trojans 39-27 in the second half, while shooting 44.4% from the field and forced 10 second-half turnovers to complete a 56-52 victory over Troy Wednesday night. Texas A&M was led by walk-on guard Mark French, who recorded a career-high 12 points in the win. Up next, the Aggies will open their Orlando Invitational on Thursday in a match against the Harvard Crimson.
HOUSTON COUGARS (2-2)
.@qdotgrimes named to @American_MBB Honor Roll 2️⃣0️⃣.0️⃣ ppg 5️⃣.0️⃣ rpg 4️⃣.5️⃣ apg 5️⃣6️⃣.0️⃣ FG% #ForTheCity… https://t.co/p6HnVvzdy3— Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@Houston Men's Hoops 🏀 🐾) 1574709877.0
Last week (1-1): W: Rice 97-89, L: Oregon 78-66
This week: Tuesday vs. Houston Baptist
After a heartbreaking loss to BYU, the Houston Cougars opened the week with a tremendous comeback win over their crosstown rival, the Rice Owls. The Cougars trailed by 15-point late in the first half before closing the period on a 13-5 run. To complete their second-half surge, Houston ignited for a 21-1 run late in the second half, which led to a 97-89 victory. Sophomore guard Quentin Grimes scored a career-high 32 points in the win, 21 coming in the second half.
Following the win, the Cougars could not capitalize on the momentum gained, as Houston fell to the No. 11 Oregon Ducks, in a game where they shot 10% from deep in the loss. Next week, the Cougars will return to the Fertitta Center on Tuesday to take on Houston Baptist Huskies.
RICE OWLS (6-3)
OWLS WIN! Rice takes third-place in the @BahamasShowcase with a 77-69 victory over East Carolina! #GoOwls👐 x… https://t.co/wFMGqFVVL5— Rice Basketball (@Rice Basketball) 1574640350.0
Last week (2-2): L: Houston (97-89), W: Milwaukee (75-69), L: Liberty ( 71-59), W: East Carolina (77-69)
This week: None
The Owls week got off to a rocky start after blowing a 15-point lead to the Houston Cougars. They then traveled to the Bahamas to take part in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, where the Owls picked up wins against the Milwaukee Panthers (75-69) and the East Carolina Pirates (77-69). In both games, senior guard, Ako Adams, stepped up big averaging 17.0 points on 53.3% shooting on 3-point field goals. However, by picking up a loss Saturday against the Liberty Flames (71-59), the Owls ended the tournament finishing in third place.
BAYLOR BEARS (5-1)
The @MyrtleInvite MVP led @BaylorMBB to 3⃣ wins and the tournament title 🏆 He averaged 1⃣7⃣.7⃣ points, 3⃣.7⃣ assis… https://t.co/1XVznEQfI7— Big 12 Conference (@Big 12 Conference) 1574712034.0
Last week (3-0): W: Ohio Bobcats (76-53), W: Coastal Carolina (77-65), W: Villanova (87-78)
This week: None
The Baylor Bears took part in the Myrtle Beach Invitational over the weekend and dominated their competition. Baylor opened the tournament with wins against the Ohio Bobcats (76-53) and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers ( 77-65), where they found themselves as underdogs in the championship round against the No. 17 Villanova Wildcats. Behind a 22-point performance from Jared Butler, the Bears defeated Villanova, 87-78, Sunday to win the Myrtle Beach Invitational. After winning the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Baylor is currently riding a five-game week streak heading into the Thanksgiving break.
TCU HORNED FROGS (4-1)
Funky Films | vs. UC Irvine #GoFrogs 😈🎥 https://t.co/jBPVWiKAeS— TCU Basketball (@TCU Basketball) 1574467535.0
Last week (1-1): W: UC Irvine (59-58), L: Clemson (62-60 OT)
This week: Tuesday vs Wyoming
The TCU Men's Basketball team had back-to-back nail-biting games that ended on both sides of the spectrum. Sophomore guard, RJ Nembhard scored a game-winning 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to give the Horned Frogs a 59-58 victory over UC Irvine. Nembhard ended the night with a game-high 20 points while shooting 5-for-9 from deep. Unfortunately, TCU opened its MGM Resorts Main Event tournament losing in an overtime thriller to the Clemson Tigers, where they blew a 15-point lead in a 62-60 loss Sunday night. TCU will end their tournament against Wyoming on Tuesday.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (5-0)
Put on a show. 🔴#4To1 | #WreckEm⚫️ https://t.co/DoIa4JJTbH— Texas Tech Basketball (@Texas Tech Basketball) 1574705075.0
Last week: (2-0) W: Tennessee State (72-57), W: Long Island (96-66)
This week: Thursday vs Iowa
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are hot to start the season and are showing no signs of slowing down.
The Red Raiders opened the Las Vegas Classic Regional Round with a 72-57 victory over the Tennessee State Tigers and a 96-66 win over the Long Island Sharks. Freshman guard, Jahmi'us Ramsey, maybe on the verge of taking home the award as the tournament's Most Valuable Player, as he scored 27 points while shooting 10-for-16 from the field, 5-for-6 from deep in a win over the Sharks.
Following a strong start, Texas Tech will continue their Las Vegas Classic tournament on Thursday in a Thanksgiving showdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
SMU MUSTANGS (5-0)
3️⃣ Weeks, 3️⃣ Different Mustangs On the @American_MBB Honor Roll. Feron Hunt averaged 38 minutes, 14 points, & 7… https://t.co/rUckUfBkrP— SMU Basketball (@SMU Basketball) 1574713206.0
Last week (2-0): W: Evansville 59-57, W: UNLV 72-68
This week: Wednesday vs. Hartford, Friday vs Abilene Christian
Last week, the Mustangs continued their winning ways in a 59-57 nail-biter against the Evansville Purple Aces. Juinor guard Tyson Jolly helped SMU escaped with a narrow victory with 15 points, seven rebounds and a block. The Mustangs later extended their winning streak to five, in a 72-68 win over the UNLV Rebels in Las Vegas. SMU will return to Dallas to begin a four-game homestand, which begins against the Hartford Hawks on Wednesday, and the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Friday.
LSU TIGERS (4-2)
All five starters scored double-digits in the win over Rhode Island! 📄 https://t.co/ff85xKvDmd https://t.co/MxgXBeC8rP— LSU Basketball (@LSU Basketball) 1574640806.0
Last week (2-1): W: UMBC (77-50), L: Utah St. (80-78), W: Rhode Island (96-83)
This week: Friday vs Missouri St.
The LSU Tigers opened the week with a blowout victory over the UMBC Retrievers before things got testy during the Jamaica Classic. The Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 80-78 loss on Friday when LSU fell to the Utah St. Aggie. The late-game heroics by Utah's Sam Merrill was enough to overcome a 30-point performance by LSU's Skylar Mays. The Tigers bounced back after the loss in a 96-83 victory over the Rhode Island Rams on Sunday. LSU will return to the court on Friday to take on Missouri St. inside the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The Houston Texans missed an opportunity to move into first place in the AFC South with Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite the 24-21 defeat, star rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud is confident the Texans will bounce back and continue to exceed expectations this season.
“It’s about the mindset, though. What are we going to do? Not play anymore? (Are) we just going to tuck our tail and not play hard? No, I don’t really believe in that type of mindset,” he said. “I’m going out there every play, every game trying to win. So, I don’t really think that our season is over at all. It’s a long year … you can see the trajectory we’re on.”
Houston (6-5) fell into a tie with the Indianapolis Colts for second place in the division behind the first-place Jaguars (8-3) with the loss.
The Texans had a chance to force overtime with 34 seconds left Sunday, but Matt Ammendola’s 58-yard field-goal attempt bounced off the crossbar.
Before that, Stroud had another strong game. The second overall pick in the draft threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns to give him 3,266 yards passing to overtake Justin Herbert (3,224) for most yards passing in NFL history through a player’s first 11 games.
Stroud also became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 300 yards or more in four straight games.
He moved effectively to avoid the rush Sunday, averaging 3.8 seconds to throw each pass, which is the longest time by anyone in a single game this season according to NFL Next Gen Stats.
Both his touchdown passes against Jacksonville came on extended drop-backs of four or more seconds.
“C.J did a really good job of being able to move around and extend plays,” coach DeMeco Ryans said. “Made a couple of big plays for us … I thought he moved around well when he had to, took what the defense gave him.”
Stroud’s stellar play continues to make Houston’s passing game the strength of the team. His yards passing rank second in the NFL and Houston’s 276.2 yards passing a game also come in at No. 2 in the league.
He’s done a great job of spreading the ball around, and the Texans had four receivers with at least 40 yards Sunday.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Houston was down to just one timeout for the last drive Sunday after Ryans had to burn two earlier in the second half to avoid penalties.
“It’s tough for us not having those timeouts, having to waste them on procedural things that we need to clean up,” Ryans said. “All those timeouts were just self-inflicted things that we have to be better at. Whether it’s making sure we got the right amount of people on the field, getting the calls in quicker, getting to the line of scrimmage quicker, we just have to be better.”
WR Nico Collins led the team with seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown Sunday. It was his third 100-yard game of the season, which is a career high for the third-year player. It’s the first time he’s had more than 100 yards receiving since finishing with a career-best 168 yards receiving in a win over Pittsburgh Oct. 1.
CB Tavierre Thomas was called for pass interference on two plays on the same drive that helped the Jaguars to a touchdown in the third quarter.
LG Tytus Howard injured his knee against Jacksonville and is questionable for Sunday’s game. … WR Noah Brown missed a second straight game against the Jaguars with a knee injury. … RB Dameon Pierce returned against Jacksonville after missing three games with an ankle injury.
0. The Texans didn’t have a sack Sunday for the first time all season.
The Texans look to get back on track when they wrap up a three-game homestand with a visit from Denver Sunday. The Broncos (6-5) have won five in a row after dropping five of their first six games.