Aug 26, 2013
HOUSTON - Rice University men's basketball will continue its long-standing rivalry with the University of Houston with a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston as part of the Lone Star Showcase, event promoter bd Global announced on Monday.
Rice head coach Ben Braun announced the Owls' full 2013-14 slate last week, which includes 14 games at Tudor Fieldhouse, and along with the Dec. 4 road contest with Houston Baptist, Rice plays a total of 16 games in Houston. The Owls play 21 of their 29 games as well as the Conference USA Championship (El Paso) in Texas.
On the Lone Star Showdown, Braun said, "We are really excited about playing at Toyota Center. Continuing our rivalry with Houston is important and regardless of conference realignment, it's important that we continue to play. We have had some great games with Houston and we want to continue this rivalry. It's important to our program and our fans."
The second half of the Saturday double-header features Oklahoma against Texas A&M in the concluding contest of the inaugural Big 12-SEC Challenge, a 10-game series put together by the two leagues and ESPN at 7 p.m.
Tickets ranging from $25 - $150 (courtside seating), not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. online at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com, by phone at 1-866-4-HOU-TIX and at select Houston area Randall's locations. Tickets also will be available at the Toyota Center Box Office beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. (based on availability).
Complete event information can be found at www.lonestar-showcase.com. For group sales or sponsorship opportunities, interested parties should contact bd Global at 859-951-6141.
The event is managed by bd Global, LLC, a Lexington, Ky.-based sports marketing firm that is also running college basketball events in Las Vegas, Dallas and Southwest Florida for the 2013-14 season.