Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Kevin M. Cox)

No.1 UH Coogs fall

The University of Houston Cougar’s men’s basketball team’s spot at the top of the polls was a short one after they were knocked off at home Saturday by No.8 Alabama. The Crimson Tide came into the sold-out Fertitta Center and defeated the Cougars 71-65. UH dropped four spots to No.5 this week. It’s the second time this season that Alabama has defeated the No.1 team in the nation, having also knocked off North Carolina 103-101 in four overtimes on Nov. 27.

Texans try two-platoon QB system

Desperately looking for a spark, Texans offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton turned to a two-quarterback platoon system against Dallas. And using backup Jeff Driskel to relieve starter Davis Mills at times nearly worked. The Cowboys needed a late drive to engineer a comeback 27-23 victory over the struggling Texans. The Texans are now 1-11-1 on the season. “We looked for a spark,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “I thought Davis did some good things passing the football, made some good throws. Made some good decisions. I liked the things he did. And the combination with Jeff Driskel. Early in the week, we decided to go with this plan to use Jeff. I thought he did some good things, too.”

Stephen Silas’ father passes

Paul Silas, a three-time NBA champion, longtime NBA head coach and the father of Rockets’ coach Stephen Silas, passed away over the weekend.  Silas was 79. His daughter Paula Silas-Guy told the New York Times that her father died Saturday night of cardiac arrest.

Miscellaneous

Texas Southern sophomore guard and Westbury Christian product Kehlin Farooq scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds during the Tigers’ 95-47 win over North American … Prairie View senior guard Hegel Augustin scored 10 points and grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season during a 61-51 loss at Northwestern.