Can TCU maintain its momentum as it confronts its third consecutive top-10 opponent, No. 2 Houston?
The Horned Frogs remain at home to take on the Houston Cougars Saturday evening. TCU (12-3, 1-1) is coming off a win over Oklahoma Thursday evening, 80-71. The Sooners struggled in the first half but closed the six-point deficit within the first minute of the second half with the help of Javian McCollum.
However, Emanuel Miller, who surpassed the one-thousand-point mark Thursday night, saw his teammates continue to find him to knock down shots and secure the victory over OU.
The loss made OU the third top-10 team in the conference to lose to an unranked opponent. Head coach Porter Moser said anything can happen in the Big 12.
“It’s life in the Big 12,” added Moser. “The Big 12—it’s every night.”
Houston’s first loss of the season was an example of life in the Big 12 conference.
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In it’s second away game of the season, Houston fell to the Iowa State Cyclones with a final score of 57-53, knocking off the last undefeated team left in the Big 12.
With 3:11 left in the second half, Houston’s Jamal Shead knocked down a three that gave the Cougars a one-point lead over Iowa State—their first and only lead of the night.
Both teams were tied at 53-53 with 35 seconds left on the clock when Iowa State’s Milan Momcilovic spun out of a double team and, from a near-impossible angle, knocked down a three, making the score 55-53.
A foul called against Houston’s Sharp sent Iowa State’s Momcilovic to the line, completing two to seal the game.
When asked what Iowa State did to throw off the Cougars’ game, head coach Kelvin Sampson did not have an answer other than it wasn’t Iowa State that threw them off; it was Houston versus themselves.
“I don’t know if it was much of Iowa State,” said Sampson. “It was us. We were just, I don’t know what. I wish I did.”
Tonight, we’ll see if TCU will be able to pull off another victory against a Top 10 opponent, and if Houston used these last three days to regroup.
These two will go head-to-head this evening in the Schollmaier Arena. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. CT and will be aired on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.