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The Rice Owls men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of Rice University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in Conference USA. They previously participated in the Southwest Conference (1914–1996) and the Western Athletic Conference (1996–2005).

Rice Owls
2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball team
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UniversityRice University
Head coachScott Pera (1st season)
ConferenceC-USA
LocationHouston, Texas
ArenaTudor Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 5,208)
NicknameOwls
Student sectionThe Nest
ColorsBlue and Gray[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1940, 1942
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954
NCAA Tournament Second round
1970
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1940, 1942, 1954, 1970
Conference Regular Season Champions
Southwest Conference: 1918, 1935, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1954, 1970

The Owls play their home games in Tudor Fieldhouse, which they have called home since 1950. Previously known as Rice Gymnasium, it was renamed in honor of Rice alum Bobby Tudor, who spearheaded the 2008 renovation of the facility with a multimillion-dollar donation. The court is designated "Autry Court" in memory of Mrs. James L. Autry. Her husband James Lockhart Autry was a descendant of Micajah Autry, who was a hero of the Battle of the Alamo. Her daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Kelley, made a generous donation to the gymnasium building fund in honor of her late mother, an ardent supporter of Rice.

CoachesEdit

Head Coach Years Win-Loss Pct.
Robert Cummings 1914–1917 30–11 .732
Wilbur Tisdale 1917–1919 14–14 .500
Leslie Mann 1919–1920 6–6 .500
Pete Cawthon 1920–1921 5–10 .333
Howard Yerges 1921–1922 2–12 .143
Philip Arbuckle 1922–1923 10–9 .526
Franklyn Ashcraft 1923–1924 3–17 .150
John Patrick Nicholson 1924–1925 2–12 .143
Franklyn Ashcraft 1925–1927 1–22 .043
Russell Daugherty 1927–1932 25–46 .352
James Kitts 1932–1938 48–56 .462
Buster Brannon 1938–1942 68–20 .773
Joe Davis 1942–1945 52–10 .839
Buster Brannon 1945–1946 17–16 .515
Joe Davis 1946–1949 31–46 .403
Don Suman 1949–1959 149–106 .584
John Frankie 1959–1963 39–54 .419
George Carlisle 1963–1966 18–53 .254
Don Knodel 1966–1974 76–127 .374
Bob Polk 1974–1977 17–63 .212
Mike Schuler 1977–1981 30–76 .283
Tommy Suitts 1981–1987 64–106 .376
Scott Thompson 1987–1992 65–79 .451
Willis Wilson 1992–2008 219–246 .471
Ben Braun 2008–2014 63–128 .330
Mike Rhoades 2014–2017 47–52 .474
Scott Pera 2017–present 20–43 .317

Postseason historyEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Owls have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1940 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Kansas
Colorado
L 44–50
W 60–56
1942 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Stanford
Kansas
L 47–53
L 53–55
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Oklahoma A&M
Colorado
L 45–51
W 78–55
1970 First Round New Mexico State L 77–101

NIT resultsEdit

The Owls have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1943 Quarterfinals St. John's L 49–51
1991 First Round Arkansas State L 71–78
1993 First Round
Second Round
Wisconsin
Boston College
W 77–73
L 68–101
2004 Opening Round UW-Milwaukee L 53–91
2005 Opening Round Southwest Missouri State L 82–105

CIT resultsEdit

The Owls have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Louisiana-Lafayette
Drake
Oakland
W 68–63
W 74–68
L 70–77

CBI resultsEdit

The Owls have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2017 First Round
Quarterfinals
San Francisco
Utah Valley
W 85–76
L 79–85

RosterEdit

2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Payton Moore 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Santa Monica High School Los Angeles, California
G 1 Josh Parrish 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS So Seguin High School
TCU
Arlington, Texas
G 2 Trey Murphy III 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Cary Academy Durham, North Carolina
G 3 Ako Adams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School Washington, D.C.
F 4 Dylan Jones 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr The Village School
Penn
Houston, Texas
G 5 Addison Owen (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr The Paideia School Atlanta, Georgia
F 10 Robert Martin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Tilton School Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G/F 23 Drew Peterson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Libertyville High School Libertyville, Illinois
G 24 Chris Mullins 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Mansfield Timberview High School Grand Prairie, Texas
G 30 Oliver Xu (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Hong Kong International School Hong Kong
F 32 Jack Williams 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Chaminade
Pacific
Porter Ranch, California
F 35 Tim Harrison 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Francis W. Parker School [San Diego
F 42 Quentin Millora-Brown 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr South County High School Lorton, Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Players of noteEdit

 
Tudor Fieldhouse, before the 2008 renovations.

Owls in the NBAEdit

Former playersEdit

Retired jerseysEdit

Rice University has retired six jerseys.

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Years played
16 Bill Henry 1942–45
21 Gene Schwinger 1951–54
22 Bill Closs[2] 1939–43
23 Bob Kinney 1938–42
25 Ricky Pierce 1979–82
29 Don Lance 1951–54

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rice Athletics Official Brand Book (PDF). April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  2. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/rice/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/tocquickfacts.pdf

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