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While the weather has cooled to some extent in South Texas, the Rice Owls came back from a 10-day break for finals Wednesday and heated Tudor Fieldhouse to the century mark.
Video highlights from the Owls' 75-59 win over Florida A&M.
Post-game interviews and highlights from the Owls' 83-49 win over New Orleans.
Images from the Owls' CIT second-round win over Drake
Images from the Owls' final regular season game against Houston.
Images from the Owls' exciting 77-75 win over UTEP played Feb. 1, 2012.
Images from Rice Basketball's Conference USA opener against Marshall played Jan. 7, 2012.
Images from Rice University's 65-58 road win at Texas A&M Dec. 22, 2011.
Through three seasons, has averaged a double-double for his career ... through 95 games of action has averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds ... has scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice ... also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice ... is a career 54.9 percent shooter ... ranks second in all-time free throws (421), second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and third in career blocks (84) ... with 18 double-doubles in each of the last two seasons now has 45 for his career which ranks third all-time at Rice ... has led Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and has been the team's leading rebounder in 80 of 95 games played in an Owl uniform.
One of only 21 Division I student-athletes to average a double-double for the season ... averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds as a junior ... ranked 17th nationally in rebounding ... also ranked 11th nationally in double-doubles with 18 and his 2.1 steals per game ranked 30th nationally ... 69 steals during the year led Conference USA and ranked third all-time at Rice ... led Rice with 48 dunks and 14 charges drawn ... for the second straight year was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, as selected by the league's head coaches and media ... also named to the United State Basketball Writers of America's All-District VII team (Arkansas, Louisiana & Texas) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 11 Team ... additionally was tabbed to NetScouts Basketball's All-International Team for a second straight year ... averaged 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in conference play.
After going 0-for-3 and being held scoreless in the first half of the Florida A&M game, finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds ... was 5-for-10 from the field in the game ... scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Owls' game against Northern Iowa ... also had two blocks and two steals in the contest ... after missing the Houston Baptist game with a mild strain to his lower back suffered the previous week at the South Padre Island Invitational, fell two assists shy of a triple-double in the Owls' win over St. Thomas ... scored 18 points to go along with 14 rebounds in the win over the Celts ... was 7-for-8 from the field in the game ... registered back-to-back, 20-point games during a week in December ... scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Louisiana College ... was 12-for-12 at the line against the Wildcats ... scored a season-high 23 points in the Owls' game against Lamar ... against Temple, converted on 5-of-7 field goal attempts and also had two blocks in the game ... scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in win over Texas A&M ... against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored 13 points, had 15 rebounds, five assists and three steals ... five of his seven field goals (10 attempts) against TCU came on dunks as he finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds ... also had three assists in the game.
Was 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points in the Owls' game against Marshall ... topped the 1,000-point scoring mark for his career in the first half of the contest ... in C-USA road win at SMU, scored 21 points, cleaned the boards for 12 rebounds and had three blocks ... was 7-for-10 from the field as well as at the free throw line ... converted a three-point play with 15 seconds to play to give Rice a two-point lead in the Owls' win over UTEP ... scored 20 points against the Miners and had nine rebounds in first double-figure scoring game since mid-January ... was 6-for-8 from the field and made 8-of-10 free throws ... was 8-for-9 at the free throw line, converting 5-of-6 in the final 3:33 of the Owls' win over UCF ... had two blocks in the final seconds of the game ... scored 17 points and had nine rebounds in the Owls' game against Southern Miss ... established a new Conference USA career double-double record with a 12-point, 11-rebound performance in the Owls' 68-61 road win at UTEP as Rice won in El Paso for the first time since 2003 ... in the road win over the Miners was 3-for-6 from the field and converted on 6-of-7 free throws while also equaling a team high with three assists ... closed out the regular season with a 19-point game against Houston ... was 7-for-11 from the field and made 5-of-6 shots at the free throw line ... also had three assists and three steals against the Cougars ... scored 10 points and had 12 rebounds in the Owls' C-USA Championship game against East Carolina ... matched a season high with five steals and had two assists and a block against ECU.
Grabbed every significant rebound in the Owls' CIT win over Louisiana ... pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with seven points ... also had a block and a steal ... registered a double-double in the Owls' win over Drake ... scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds against the Bulldogs ... also had four assists and two steals in the win ... all three of his field goals against Oakland in the CIT quarterfinals came on dunks as he finished with eight points and five rebounds.
After being selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team the previous season, named Second-Team All-Conference USA as a sophomore in a vote of the league's coaches and media ... received the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award during the week of the NCAA Final Four in Houston ... USBWA All-District 7 pick as well as NABC All-District Second Team ... selected to NetScouts Basketball's All-International Team ... was named the Conference USA Player of the Week (Dec. 27) after being named to the 2010 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team ... also named C-USA Co-Player of the Week the following week (Jan. 3) ... back-to-back C-USA Player of the Week honors marked just the 14th time in league history a student-athlete had been received Player of the Week recognition in back-to-back weeks.
Only player in Conference USA to average a double-double at 15.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game ... led Rice in scoring 15 times and had 29 double-figure scoring games ... 351 total rebounds ranks second in school history only to Michael Harris' 363 during the 2004-05 season ... finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally in rebounding and with 18 double-doubles tied for 11th nationally according to the final NCAA Division I statistics ... 64 of his 120 offensive rebounds lead to second-chance points ... scored 123 second-chance points during the year ... drew 22 player control fouls during sophomore season and now has drawn 33 charges over the course of his career.
Went to the free throw line 271 times during the season (second most in school history) and converted 195 attempts for a .720 percentage ... work in the gym helped him raise his free throw shooting percentage by better than 100 points from his freshman season ... made 10 or more free throws in six games during the season ... began his sophomore year with three straight double-doubles including a 17-point, 16-rebound performance on the road at Santa Clara ... prior to breaking for final exams in December, scored 24 points in win over Lamar and averaged 20.5 points in games against Arizona and the Cardinals ... was 9-for-10 from the field during the week and 23-of-28 from the free throw line (.821) ... 18 free throw attempts against Lamar ranks eighth in Rice school history ...posted a 15-point game against UALR in which he was 6-for-8 from the field ... registered double-doubles in all three games played in Vegas en route to being named to the 2010 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic All-Tournament team ... averaged 20 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the field in four tournament games ... made seven field goals in each game played in Las Vegas ... scored 26 points in the Owls' game against Miami ... was 7-for-11 from the field, converted on 12-of-14 free throws and grabbed 14 rebounds against the Hurricanes ... for the first time in his career had 20-point outings in back-to-back games, finishing with 20 points against Oral Roberts the afternoon following the Miami game ... grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 19 points in the Owls' 74-68 win over LSU ... was 4-for-6 from the field and made 11-of-17 free throws ... followed up LSU game with a 20-point, 8-rebound effort against TCU ... was 10-for-11 at the line against the Horned Frogs.
Scored a career-high 28 points, going 10-for-14 from the field, against Tulane ... also had 13 rebounds en route to his 10th double-double and had a career-high four blocks ... scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Owls' road win at UCF ... in 39 minutes of playing time in the Owls' overtime victory over Houston, scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... established a new career high with four assists and equaled a career standard with four blocks against the Cougars ... 21-point, 16-rebound effort against SMU marked third-straight double-double ... at UAB went 11-for-11 from the free throw line and finished with a team-high 17 points ... registered double-double in win over Memphis, scoring 11 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while matching a career high with four assists ... helped the Owls notch a first-round win at the Conference USA Championship with a 24-point, 13-rebound effort against SMU ... was 9-for-14 from the field, had three assists and two steals as the Owls avenged a pair of regular-season losses against the Mustangs.
Averaged 10.3 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman ... ranked second in Conference USA in rebounding ... set a Rice freshman record with 272 total rebounds which ranks as the ninth most in school history ... led Rice in rebounding 22 times during the year and had 12, double-figure rebounding games along with nine double-doubles ... 48 of his 98 offensive rebounds led to second-chance points ... scored 95 second-chance points ... connected on 53 percent of his field goal attempts (105-of-198) ... set new Rice freshman records by making 100-of-164 free throw attempts ... drew 11 charges during the year to lead Rice ... also had a team-leading 27 dunks and 31 deflections ... had 47 steals during the year including 17 total in the Owls' last six games ... blocked 26 shots which ties for 10th most in a season at Rice.
In collegiate debut scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds, had two assists and two steals in win over Sacramento State ... in road game at Arizona, scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds for his first career double-double ... was 5-for-7 from the field and knocked down all three of his free throw attempts ... five of his 10 rebounds at Arizona came on the offensive glass and he also had two blocks against the Pac-10 opponent ... scored eight oints and hauled in nine rebounds in home-court game against Texas ... three of four field goals made against the Longhorns were dunks during a 4-for-6 shooting performance ... played 29 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against North Texas ... also had two assists, two blocks and a teal against UNT ... provided the Owls with a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points and pulling down seven rebounds in a win over Santa Clara ... scored 12 points and had nine rebounds in 28 minutes of work at LSU ... started his first career game at Lamar and finished with 13 points, a season-high to that point in the season ... was 5-for-6 from the field and had rebounds along with two assists in 27 minutes of play ... 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against McNeese State ... followed up performance against McNeese with a 14-point effort at TCU en route to tallying a 9-for-12 shooting week.
Equaled a career rebounding high in the first half of the Houston game (11) and went on to have 14 boards ... team-leading 11 points and eight rebounds in road game at Tulane ... scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Memphis ... had four dunks against the Tigers ... named Conference USA's Rookie of the Week following a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double in victory at East Carolina ... was 6-for-8 from the field and four of his five offensive rebounds led to Rice, second-chance points ... was also 6-for-8 from the field against Tulane, registering a career-high 19point game ... in addition to 13 rebounds against the Wave, equaled a career high with four steals and set a new assist standard with three ... scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds against UAB ... had an 18-point, 12-rebound effort against Texas A&M-International as the Owls took a break from league play.
Posted a 12-point effort on the road at UTEP, going 4-for-6 from the field and pulling down seven rebounds ... with his ninth double-double, which was posted at Houston, set the Rice freshman record for rebounds ... scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds against the Cougars ... scored all but one of his points in the second half at UH after getting into foul trouble ... closed out his freshman season by scoring eight points and grabbing 12 rebounds in loss to Tulsa at the GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship ... also had two steals in 36 minutes of action against the Golden Hurricane.
The Patterson School
Played his senior year at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North Carolina ... scout.com has him ranked 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing class ... the ESPN College Basketball Prospect list ranked him as the No. 81-ranked recruit in the 2009 signing class ... high school coach was Chris Cheney ... among the schools he considered were Maryland, Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.
Helped Iran to an 8-1 record at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in 2011 ... Iran was 6-0 in pool play before being upset by Jordan, 88-84 ... Iran rebounded to win its last two games at the championship ... for the tournament averaged 12 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 65 percent from the field ... had an 18-point, 14-rebound in Iran's first-round win over Uzbekistan ... game against Uzbekistan was the first of back-to-back, 18-point games and scored in double figures in six games including the last four games Iran played ... had 13 points and 16 rebounds in Iran's loss to Jordan ... rebounded to score 13 and 17 points in two consolation games.
At the 2010 FIBA World Championships played in Turkey, averaged 12 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field ... his 14 steals in five games was the most by a player in the preliminary round of the championship and his 2.8 steals per game was the highest average by a player in the tournament ... 7.4 rebounding average tied for ninth at the tournament ... nailed a key three-pointer to thwart a Tunisian comeback as Iran won its first game, 71-58 ... scored 14 points and had seven rebounds against Tunisia ... was 4-for-7 from the field and had four of Iran's eight steals in the game ... scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in Iran's 88-51 loss to Team USA ... was 5-for-8 from the field and had a game-high five steals against the team of NBA stars ... play against Team USA was highlighted by a layup in which he was fouled while driving into the lane as well as a fourth-quarter dunk to cap a 2-on-1 break ... wrapped up play with his first double-double in a FIBA senior championship game, scoring 13 points to go with 14 rebounds in a 65-60 loss to Slovenia ... 14 rebounds tied for the most boards in a game during the tournament.
Captain of Iran's Under-19 team which played in the 2009 FIBA World Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand in July ... one of only two players in the tournament to average a double-double (16.6 points and 12.2 rebounds) ... ranked eighth in scoring and was second in rebounding ... was the tournament leader in steals, averaging four per game ... seven steals against Team USA was a tournament high ... his 20 rebounds against Angola tied for a tournament high and his 18 boards against Egypt tied for the third-most at the championship ... shot 48.6 percent from the field and 81.6 percent from the free throw line (31-of-38) ... also averaged 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks at the 2009 World Championship ... helped lead his Iranian Under-17 national team to the 2007 West Asian championship and was named the tournament MVP ... national team went 5-0 at the tournament ... captain of team of `07 national team.
Born April 22, 1990 in Esfahan, Iran ... son of Yousef and Roya Kazemi ... has one younger sister, Bahar ... Sport Management major ... McMurtry College.
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