The Associated Press
When No. 15 Houston returns home after an up-and-down showing and third-place finish at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas to host Northwestern State on Tuesday, expect the Cougars to ramp up their already extreme intensity as if they have something to prove. Houston (5-1) will have a bit of a chip on its shoulder after the mixed performance in the desert, the final game of which was a 78-49 romp over Oregon on Wednesday. Houston got 15 points from Fabian White Jr., 14 from Marcus Sasser and 13 points from Josh Carlton, rolling to victory after leading by 22 points at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half.