Jan. 3, 2011
Rice sophomore Arsalan Kazemi opened 2011 in the same fashion that he closed 2010, by being named Conference USA Men's Basketball Player of the Week as determined by a media panel covering the 12 conference schools. Kazemi was also honored by the league with its final weekly honor of 2010.
Kazemi helped lead Rice to back-to-back wins over LSU and TCU to share this week's honor with Kendall Timmons of Tulane. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 69 percent (9-13) from the field and 75 percent (21-28) from the free-throw line. In the 74-68 victory over LSU, he set a new career high with 17 rebounds to go along with 19 points en route to his fourth-straight double-double and conference-best ninth of the year.
He finished the week with 20 points in the Owls' 70-61 win over TCU on Sunday, marking his third 20-point game in the team's last four outings.
Kazemi earned his first C-USA Player of the Week nod after registering double-doubles in all three games during the 2010 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Over the three games Kazemi was 21-of-34 from the field (61.8 percent) and also knocked down 23-of-29 free throws (79.3 percent) Classic en route to being named to the event's All-Tournament Team.
He scored a career-high 26 points and also had 14 rebounds in the Owls' game against Miami. Kazemi also scored 20 points against Oral Roberts to mark the first time during his career he had registered back-to-back, 20-point games.
Kazemi and the Owls will open their Conference USA schedule when they host the Tulane Green Wave at Tudor Fieldhouse on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
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