HOUSTON, Texas - Year two of the Mike Rhoades era of Rice men's basketball will open on November 13 when the Owls travel to Berkeley, California to face off against the University of California in the first of 13 non-conference games that will prepare the squad for Conference USA action. The Owls will play eight of their opening 13 games at home at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Owls non-conference schedule was released on Tuesday via this video which was posted on various social media platforms.
The opener against the Golden Bears is the first of two for the Owls in the Bay Area as the road trip concludes on Nov. 16 with a game against the University of San Francisco. The game with the Dons is the first of three that Rice will play as part of the 2015 Roundball Showcase, a multi-team tournament with all games played at campus sites. Rice's final two games in the Showcase will be home games with Lamar and Fresno State.
Rice opens its 2015 home schedule on Nov. 19 against a second Pac-12 foe in Oregon State, which opens a slate of five consecutive home games. Following the matchup with the Beavers, the Owls will host Fresno State on Nov. 22 and Lamar on Nov. 25 as part of the Roundball Showcase and then UC Riverside on Nov. 27 and UT Arlington on Nov. 29.
The Owls travels across town to face Houston Baptist on Dec. 2 before returning home for two more games. The Owls host St. Edward's on Dec. 5 before taking a 12-day break to focus on final exams. Rice returns to the court to host St. Thomas on Dec. 17.
Two days later the Owls travel to New Mexico (Dec. 19). The final road non-conference game is set for Dec. 22 at South Alabama. Rice then completes its preparation for league action on Dec. 29 as it hosts Incarnate Word.
Conference USA will release its schedule of games at a future date.
For ticket information, visit RiceOwls.com or call 713-348-OWLS (6957).
Rice Men's Basketball 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 13 - at Cal
Nov. 16 - at San Francisco
Nov. 19 - Oregon State
Nov. 22 - Fresno State
Nov. 25 - Lamar
Nov. 27 - UC Riverside
Nov. 29 - UT Arlington
Dec. 2 - at Houston Baptist
Dec. 5 - St. Edward's
Dec. 17 - St. Thomas
Dec. 19 - at New Mexico
Dec. 22 - at South Alabama
Dec. 29 - Incarnate Word