Rice to Host San Francisco in First Round of CBI

March 12, 2017

By: Tim Andrzejewski (tim.andrzejewski@rice.edu)

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HOUSTON -- Rice will host San Francisco in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational presented by FIVE FOUR this Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. CT, the organization announced Sunday night.

The game will be live-streamed on CUSA.tv.

"We are fired up to continue this exciting season and try to add to our 22 wins," said Rice head coach Mike Rhoades. Our guys should be proud of being asked to participate in postseason play. I'm very proud of them. It's another building block in our program."

The Owls enter the CBI with a 22-11 record, the eighth 20-win season and tied for the third most wins in school history. Rice will be making its 12th postseason appearance and the first since 2011-12. It will also be the second postseason home game in school history.

USF finished the season with a 20-12 record. It tied for fourth-place in the West Coast Conference with a 10-8 record.

Rice is 1-2 all-time against the Dons. This will be the second straight year that the teams will meet. Rice fell, 80-54, at USF last year.

The CBI will feature 16 teams playing in on-campus arenas throughout the country. The championship will be a best-of-three series between the final two teams.

The College Basketball Invitational, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, in an effort to assist the NCAA in its research in exploring the implementation of four 10-minute quarters rather than two 20-minute halves and increased scoring options, will utilize recent experimental playing rules adopted by the 2017 NIT, including resetting team fouls to zero at the end of 10-minute segments of each half and resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds at times when the ball is inbounded in the front court.

The entire set of experimental rules can be found at http://www.gazellegroup.com/main/cbi/cbi-utilize-experimental-mens-basketball-rules/.

Tickets will be available by calling 713.348.OWLS (6957) or by visiting riceowls.com/mbbtix.





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