By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
HOUSTON — For the fifth consecutive year, the Rice men’s basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Award, announced by the organization. The Owls earned the honor by posting a cumulative team grade point average higher than 3.0 during the 2016-17 season.
Rice was one of 51 Division I schools to earn the award and is one of just three to earn it each of the past five years, joining Belmont and Eastern Washington.
A total of 210 NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA Division I and II programs were honored. Among the 51 D-I honorees this season, Rice joined Florida Atlantic as the only Conference USA representatives.
Located in Kansas City, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve and enhance the sport. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.