What Happened, What to Watch: 11/29

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In between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the thick of tournament season such as the Katy ISD tournament down in the Houston area, the Georgetown Jack Frost Tournament in Central Texas and the Arlington Classic in the DFW going on right now.

That didn’t stop some premier games from taking place during the week.

What Happened:

Powerhouse DFW Clashes

Tuesday night, a pair of DFW powers in boys and girls basketball collided for some intense games. First was the No. 3 Duncanville (12-2) and No. 9 South Grand Prairie (10-3) that ended in a nail-biting 69-68 win for South Grand Prairie. Junior Camryn Hill and sophomore Kiara Jackson combined for 44 points in the win. This weekend, SGP is participating in the Allen Eagle Hoopfest while Duncanville takes on McKinney Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

On the boys’ side, it was a rematch of last season’s Region I final and a clash of the top teams in boys 6A between No. 1 Denton Guyer and No. 2 Allen, the defending 6a state champions. Allen proved that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder and kept pace with the Wildcats thanks to sophomore Manny Obaseki’s 30 points and 28 from Isaiah Stevens, the team's only returning starter. But Guyer’s trio of blue-chip prospects pushed the Wildcats past the Eagles, 89-86 in OT. Senior guard De’Vion Harmon led with 30 points with junior center JaKobe Coles adding in 23.

Guyer is participating in the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Classic while Allen is in the midst of the Garland ISD Curtis Culwell Classic through Saturday.

Texas A&M loses Admon Gilder

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein was first to report that Texas A&M star Admon Gilder could likely miss the rest of the season with an undisclosed illness. An A&M spokesperson told the Dallas Morning News, the senior is out “indefinitely” after having not played at all so far this season.

Texas Southern’s odd record

Taking a look at Texas Southern’s current record (2-4) might not turn heads. Nor really should it but taking a closer examination on how the team won its two games so far this season under Joey Jones is another story.

If you were to stack up Texas Southern’s non-conference wins, you’d have a case that they’re among the best in college basketball.  A 72-69 opening-day win over Baylor (Currently 5-2) and most recently an 89-84 win at No. 18 Oregon in which Trayvon Reed dropped 23 points and seven boards with Jayln Patterson dishing out a 13-point, 11-assist double-double. The only problem? The Tigers have lost every other game.

Jones is no stranger to big games coming from LSU, but this has to be a good sign for what Texas Southern’s potential is this season.

What to Watch For:

WBB: No. 4 Baylor (6-0) vat No. 18 South Carolina (4-3), Sunday at 6 p.m.

What more could you ask for in a coaching matchup? One of the best coaches of all-time Kim Mulkey taking on one of the top emerging coaches in all of college basketball, Dawn Staley. South Carolina struggles to rebound against bigger teams and of course that’s what Baylor is best at with Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown.

This will be another good early-season test for the Lady Bears who have only played two games that was decided by single digits.

WBB: TCU (4-1) at Ole Miss (3-4), Thursday at 8 p.m.

Speaking of solid tests, TCU rebounded well last Saturday at San Diego State after losing its first game of the season to BYU. The good thing about the Lady Horned Frogs this season is Jordan Moore and Kiana Ray have taken the load off leading returning scorer Amy Okonkwo.

Ray is shooting lights out at 47.8 percent from the floor and an incredible 56.3 percent from 3-point range while taking roughly six attempts per game.

MBB: Texas State (6-1) at UTSA (2-5), Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Bobcats are off to their best start in over 30 years following Wednesday night’s 74-60 win over Rice while UTSA is struggling and still working star sophomore guard Jhivvan Jackson back into the fold from injury.

Texas State head coach is currently 0-2 against UTSA’s Steven Henson, though and a home game against the arch-rival Bobcats could be what the Roadrunners need to rebound from their sluggish start. Last season, Texas State surrendered a nine-point lead with 1:10 left to lose 79-78 to UTSA.

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