Aug 22, 2013
HOUSTON - Rice University head men's basketball coach Ben Braun announced the team's schedule for the 2013-14 season on Thursday. The Owls host 14 games at Tudor Fieldhouse and the Owls play 21 of the team's 29 regular season games in Texas.
"I'm excited about what should be a very competitive schedule," Braun said. "It will be the first chance for our fans to see a lot of new teams at home, including non-conference games with top Ivy League programs as well as league newcomers Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech and North Texas."
The program's 100th season of competition tips off with a two-game homestand beginning Nov. 9 against St. Thomas and follows with a Nov. 12 meeting with Southeastern Louisiana.
Rice then sees its first road action of the campaign with a trip to face Texas A&M (Nov. 15) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Nov. 20). The Owls are then home for one game before heading west to the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. on Nov. 29-30.
The Owls once again close out the fall semester with home tilts against solid regional and national opponents, including Princeton (Nov. 23), South Alabama (Dec. 7), Northwood (Dec. 19) and Harvard (Jan. 4). Mixed in with those games is a trip across town to face Houston Baptist on Dec. 4.
During that stretch, Rice also heads downtown to face former league rival Houston on Dec. 21 in the Houston Showcase at the Toyota Center. Oklahoma and Texas A&M face off at the arena in the second game of the day's doubleheader.
Braun added, "It is good to have Texas A&M back on our schedule and we look forward to playing two of the top Ivy teams. Princeton has been to the NCAA Tournament 24 times and many consider Harvard to be a potential top-20 team this season. Also, we have had some of our most exciting games against the Cougars and look forward to continuing our rivalry."
Conference play begins on Jan. 9, as the Owls welcome league newcomer FIU to Tudor Fieldhouse, followed by Florida Atlantic two days later.
The first C-USA road trip of the season takes Rice to Southern Miss (Jan. 16) and Tulane (Jan. 18). The Owls alternate weeks at home and on the road for the remainder of January as Marshall (Jan. 23) and Charlotte (Jan. 25) visit Houston.
Rice then continues its tour of new members with a trip to UTSA on Jan. 30. From there, the Owls visit C-USA Championship host UTEP on Feb. 1 before returning home to host North Texas (Feb. 6) and Tulsa (Feb. 8).
The longest road trip of the conference season waits in late February as Rice travels to Louisiana Tech (Feb. 15), Old Dominion (Feb. 20) and East Carolina (Feb. 22). That stretch is followed by a mixed week of travel as Rice hosts UAB on Thursday, Feb. 27 before taking to the road at Middle Tennessee three days later.
UTEP hosts the Conference USA Championship at the Don Haskins Center from March 11-15.
Conference USA debuts a new format for 2013-14 as the league welcomes eight new members and expands to 16 teams. Each team plays the other 15 C-USA members, and plays one other member school a second time. For Rice, that partner is Louisiana Tech, as the team's second meeting is scheduled for the regular season finale on March 6. That contest is the final home game for seniors Bahrom Firozgary and Austin Ramljak.
Season tickets for Rice home games will go on sale at the end of August and single-game tickets will be available in September.
2013-14 Rice Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 9 - St. Thomas
Nov. 12 - Southeastern Louisiana
Nov. 15 - at Texas A&M
Nov. 20 - at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Nov. 23 - Princeton
Nov. 29 - at Cable Car Classic (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Nov. 30 - at Cable Car Classic (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Dec. 4 - at Houston Baptist
Dec. 7 - South Alabama
Dec. 19 - Northwood
Dec. 21 - vs. Houston (Toyota Center)
Dec. 30 - at Texas
Jan. 4 - Harvard
Jan. 9 - FIU ^
Jan. 11 - Florida Atlantic ^
Jan. 16 - at Southern Miss ^
Jan. 18 - at Tulane ^
Jan. 23 - Marshall ^
Jan. 25 - Charlotte ^
Jan. 30 - at UTSA ^
Feb. 1 - at UTEP ^
Feb. 6 - North Texas ^
Feb. 8 - Tulsa ^
Feb. 15 - at Louisiana Tech ^
Feb. 20 - at Old Dominion ^
Feb. 22 - at East Carolina ^
Feb. 27 - UAB ^
March 2 - at Middle Tennessee ^
March 6 - Louisiana Tech ^
March 11-15 - Conference USA Championship (El Paso, Texas)