by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org)
After opening play with three consecutive road games, the Rice men’s basketball team will open their Conference USA home scheduled when the Owls host Western Kentucky on Thursday, January 14 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
C-USA released the 2016 conference schedules on Monday. The final version of the schedule and the assignment of game times is pending review by the conference’s broadcast partners.
Five of the nine home games on the 2016 slate will be played on Saturdays. The 2016 lineup features appearances at Tudor by a pair of conference schools who made deep runs in the 2015 National Invitational Tournament.
Louisiana Tech, which advanced to the NIT quarterfinals will face the Owls on Thursday, February 4 while 2015 NIT semifinalist Old Dominion will bring the 2016 conference schedule to a close on Saturday, March 5.
The meeting with the Bulldogs is the second of a three-game homestand for the Owls which also features visits by North Texas (January 30) and Southern Miss (February 6) and opens the closing stretch of the regular season that will see Rice play seven of the last 11 at home.
Rice will host Florida Atlantic and FAU on February 18 & 20 and then close out the regular season by welcoming Charlotte (March 3) and Old Dominion to Tudor.
The Owls open their 2016 C-USA schedule on January 1 in El Paso when they face UTEP followed two days later with a Sunday game at UTSA. After an open date on January 7, the Owls close out the opening road slate on January 9 at North Texas.
2016 RICE MEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE USA SCHEDULE
|Friday, January 1||at UTEP|
|Sunday, January 3||at UTSA|
|Thursday, January 7||OPEN|
|Saturday, January 9||at North Texas|
|Thursday, January 14||WKU|
|Saturday, January 16||Marshall|
|Thursday, January 21||at UAB|
|Saturday, January 23||at Middle Tennessee|
|Thursday, January 28||OPEN|
|Saturday, January 30||North Texas|
|Thursday, February 4||LA Tech|
|Saturday, February 6||Southern Miss|
|Thursday, February 11||at Charlotte|
|Saturday, February 13||at Old Dominion|
|Thursday, February 18||Florida Atlantic|
|Saturday, February 20||FIU|
|Thursday, February 25||at Southern Miss|
|Saturday, February 27||at LA Tech|
|Thursday, March 3||Charlotte|
|Saturday, March 5||Old Dominion|
|March 8-12|| C-USA Basketball Championship|