May 9, 2007
The 93rd season of Rice basketball saw the Owls finish with a 16-16 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Conference USA. Rice's all-time record now stands at 970-1,191.
Head Coach Willis Wilson
Rice head coach Willis Wilson concluded his 15th year at Rice with a 16-16 record. His overall and school record now stands at 216-219.
A total of 41 games were missed by key personnel during the 2006-07 season due to injury. Point guard Lorenzo Williams missed three games (Oregon, Utah, and UT Permian Basin) early in the season, while starting center senior Greg Killings missed the last 12 games of the season. Furthermore, center Matt Hagen did not play in the last 26 games of the season.
2006-07 Team Awards
Morris Almond was named as recipient of the Billy Wohn Award as the squad's most valuable player for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Rodney Foster received the Coach's Award, while senior Greg Killings earned the Most Improved Award.
Almond Awards & Honors
Named AP All-America honorable mention.
Selected as the 2007 Conference USA Player of the Year.
Named to the All-Conference USA first team for the second straight year.
Named to the CollegeInsider.com All-America squad.
Top 30 finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, and the Senior Class Award.
Became the first-ever Owl named to the Playboy magazine All-America team.
Morris Almond was named to the NABC All-District 9 first team. The team is selected and voted upon by member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Morris Almond was named to United States Basketball Writers Association All-District 7 first team.
Almond Records Set in 2007
Morris Almond set the following school records during the 2006-07 campaign: Points (844)
FTs Made (241)
FTs Made-game (18 vs. Colorado State and vs. Houston-J17, 2007).
Almond set the following C-USA records during the 2006-07 season:
Scoring Average (26.4)
FTs Made (241)
Points-game (44 vs. Vanderbilt)
FTs Made-game (18)
C-USA Games Only records:
FTs Made (115)
Point guard Lorenzo Williams concluded his career ranked second on the assist chart with 442 assists.
C-USA Team Ranks All-Games
The Owls were second in three-point field goal shooting at 38.9 percent, ranked third in C-USA in free throw shooting at 72 percent, and third in field goal percentage at 45 percent.
The Owls scored the most points in a game last year for amongst C-USA teams by scoring 118 vs. Paul Quinn College (N11, 2006). Also Rice sported a league-high shooting percentage by making 71.7 percent of its shots vs. Paul Quinn (43-60). Also the the 43 field goals made was tops in C-USA as were the 28 assists against Paul Quinn.
C-USA Team Ranks C-USA Games Only
The Owls ranked third in free throw percentage (71.8), fourth in field goal percentage (44.2), second in three-point field goal percentage (37.7), fourth in assists (13.25), third in assist/turnover ratio (0.97), and fourth in turnover margin (+1.31).
C-USA Individual Ranks All Games
Morris Almond led C-USA in scoring (26.4) ppg and in three-point FG percentage (45.6), fourth in rebounding (6.6), 10th in field goal percentage (48.3), third in free throw percentage (84.6), second in three-pointers made (2.41 a game), first in defenseive rebounds (5.22), and eighth in minutes played (33.44).
Lorenzo Williams ranked third in C-USA in assists (5.03) and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.90).
Sophomore Cory Pflieger ranked third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (41.9).
C-USA Individual Ranks Conference Games Only
During the 16-game C-USA schedule the following Owls were among the league's leaders: Morris Almond led C-USA in scoring (24.1), fifth in rebounding (6.6), free throw percentage (84.6), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (45.2), sixth in three-point field goals made (2.06), and first in defensive rebounds (5.50).
Lorenzo Williams ranked first in the league in assists (5.56), eighth in steals (1.50), and third in assist/turnover ratio (2.17).
Cory Pflieger ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (46.3) and 15th in three-pointers made (1.56).