Men's Basketball Returns To Action Against Tulane

Feb. 22, 2013

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The Last Meeting
January 26, 2013
New Orleans, La.
Gearhart Notches Career High at Tulane
Seth Gearhart tallied a career-high 23 points and the Owls posted yet another strong start, but Tulane knocked down its free throws in the clutch to hang on for a 73-66 win over Rice University men's basketball on Saturday afternoon at Devlin Fieldhouse.

HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men’s basketball returns home from two weeks on the road to host Tulane. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Owls (5-20, 1-10) play at home each of the final three Saturdays of the regular season, with a pair of road Wednesday games in between. Rice traveled for its last two games, facing Marshall and UAB on the road before having an off-date on Wednesday.

The Owls rank second in Conference USA in three-pointers per game and turnover margin, while the squad is also the league’s third-best free throw shooting team.

Tamir Jackson ranks fifth in the league with 16.2 points per game and 16th overall with 5.9 rebounds per contest. Austin Ramljak’s 2.2 three-pointers per game is the fifth-highest tital in the conference.

Saturday night's game is 'Heroes Night' at Tudor Fieldhouse. Service men and women can receive one free ticket to the game in appreciation of their service.

Prior to tip-off, Jackson will be presented with a basketball commemorating his 1,500th career point. The senior reached the milestone in the team's last home game against SMU.


Scouting the Green Wave (17-9, 5-6)
Tulane also had a week between games after it topped SMU at home on Saturday, 78-67.



The Green Wave has won three of its last four games, including the team’s first conference road win of the season, an 88-85 win at Houston on Feb. 9.

Josh Davis leads the team and ranks third in C-USA in scoring with 17.5 points per game. He is the league’s leading rebounder at 9.9 boards per game.

While Davis posted a solid outing in last week’s win over SMU with 15 points and seven rebounds, it was Ricky Tarrant who stole the show with 25 points on four three-pointers with six assists. Jordan Callahan came off the bench to add 20 points with six three-pointers of his own.


Series History
Rice owns a slight 26-25 advantage in the all-time series with Tulane, with wins in three of the last four meetings.

The Owls are 18-6 at home in the series following last season’s 88-74 triumph at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Jackson averages 11.5 points per game in six meetings with the Green Wave, but it was Seth Gearhart who posted a breakout performance in the last meeting.

The sophomore tallied a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to keep the Owls close in a 73-66 setback. Max Guercy added 11 points and six assists in the game.


Applying Pressure
In the last 11 games, Rice has allowed its opponents to score on the first possession of the game just one time (at UTEP).

In the other 10 games, the opposition’s first possession has ended with a Rice steal three times and a Rice defensive rebound seven times.

On the season, opponents have scored on their first possession nine times, compared to six turnovers and 10 Rice rebounds.


Ball Security
Rice ranks 38th in the nation in turnovers per game (11.6). The total is the lowest in the league.

The Owls hold steady in turnover margin at +1.7, second in the league and 80th nationally.

Five Rice players have assist-to-turnover ratios higher than 1.0, led by Gearhart’s 33-14 and Guercy’s 61-43 marks. As a team, the Owls own a 0.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.


Looking Ahead
Rice plays at SMU on Wednesday evening before returning home to host UTEP on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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