The Baylor Bears won their respective tournament, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders look to stay perfect to start the season

College Basketball Report: Week 3

Shaka Smart and Texas are fading fast. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TEXAS LONGHORNS (5-1)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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