HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades announced the Owls' non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, including five home games in November and December leading into the Conference USA slate.
Rice opens the campaign on Nov. 14 at Oregon State before hosting a pair of home games. The Owls welcome nearby Prairie View A&M on Nov. 19, followed by 2014 Colonial runner-up William & Mary on Nov. 22.
The Owls then travel to The Last Frontier for the previously announced Great Alaska Shootout over the Thanksgiving break. Rice opens against Mercer on Nov. 27 in the three-day event.
Rice then returns home for a three-game homestand, beginning with Houston Baptist on Dec. 3 and St. Edward's in the last game before breaking for final exams on Dec. 6. The Owls resume action in Tudor Fieldhouse at 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 18 against St. Thomas in the second-annual School House Mania game. Last year's event drew nearly 5,000 local elementary students to cheer on the Owls during a rare weekday morning game.
A Lone Star State road trip awaits the Owls for the close of the calendar year as the squad travels to Lamar on Dec. 22 and Texas on Dec. 29.
Rice's final non-conference action of the season comes nearly a month later with a visit across town to Houston on Jan. 28.
Season tickets are on sale now for all 14 home contests. Renewal letters are being mailed out to returning season ticket holders.
As an added incentive, fans that renew season tickets by Sept. 30 will be invited to an exclusive event in early November at Tudor Fieldhouse. The exclusive event includes the chance to attend a closed practice, followed by a season preview from Coach Rhoades and a meet and greet with the players, who will present the season tickets.
Rice Men’s Basketball 2014-15 Schedule
Nov. 14 – at Oregon State
Nov. 19 – Prairie View A&M
Nov. 22 – William & Mary
Nov. 27 – vs. Mercer (Great Alaska Shootout)
Nov. 28 – Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 29 – Great Alaska Shootout
Dec. 3 – Houston Baptist
Dec. 6 – St. Edward’s
Dec. 18 – St. Thomas
Dec. 22 – at Lamar
Dec. 29 – at Texas
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. 28 – at Houston
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.)