HOUSTON—For the third consecutive year, the Rice men’s basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Award, announced Wednesday morning by the organization. The Owls earned the honor by posting a cumulative team grade point average higher than 3.0 during the 2014-15 season.
Rice was one of 18 Division I schools to earn the award and is one of five to earn it each of the past three years, joining Belmont, Eastern Washington, Stanford and The Citadel.
A total of 175 NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA Division I and II programs were honored. Among the 18 D-I honorees this season, Rice was the only Conference USA representative.
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.