HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s basketball will play 18 Conference USA contests in 2014-15, the league office announced on Wednesday. The Owls host nine C-USA games at Tudor Fieldhouse beginning in January.
Rice plays home-and-home contests against five league members, including each in-state rival and 2013 C-USA newcomers Charlotte and Old Dominion. The Owls host all three returning regular season co-champions as well in Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss.
The C-USA schedule opens on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 as Rice hosts UTSA, followed by a visit from UTEP on Sunday, Jan. 4. The Owls’ lone three-game league homestand ends the following Saturday (Jan. 10) against North Texas.
Rice then travels to Old Dominion on Jan. 15 and makes its first-ever road trip to Charlotte two days later.
The Owls return home to face Southern Miss on Jan. 22 and Louisiana Tech on Jan. 24. Rice closes out the month at North Texas a week later on Jan. 31.
Rice heads to Marshall on Feb. 5 and then squares off with new C-USA member Western Kentucky at Bowling Green on Feb. 7 to conclude the three-game road trip.
Rice hosts Middle Tennessee on Feb. 12, followed by UAB on Feb. 14 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls then make their first-ever road visits to FIU (Feb. 19) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 21).
The Owls close out their home schedule the following week with visits from Old Dominion on Feb. 26 and Charlotte on Feb. 28.
In the final action before the C-USA Championship, Rice heads west to face UTSA on March 5 and pays UTEP a visit on March 7.
The Conference USA Championship is set for March 11-14 at Birmingham, Ala.
As previously announced, the Owls will compete in the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 27-29. The remainder of the non-conference schedule will be released as details and television arrangements are finalized.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 campaign will go on sale on RiceOwls.com and the Rice Ticket Office at a later date.
Rice Men’s Basketball 2014-15 Conference USA Schedule
Jan. 2 – UTSA
Jan. 4 – UTEP
Jan. 10 – North Texas
Jan. 15 – at Old Dominion
Jan. 17 – at Charlotte
Jan. 22 – Southern Miss
Jan. 24 – Louisiana Tech
Jan. 31 – at North Texas
Feb. 5 – at Marshall
Feb. 7 – at Western Kentucky
Feb. 12 – Middle Tennessee
Feb. 14 – UAB
Feb. 19 – at FIU
Feb. 21 – at Florida Atlantic
Feb. 26 – Old Dominion
Feb. 28 – Charlotte
March 5 – at UTSA
March 7 – at UTEP
March 11-14 – Conference USA Championship (Birmingham, Ala.)