Aug. 31, 2012
Ben Braun's Rice Men's Basketball team will open its pursuit of a second consecutive postseason berth when they tip off their 99th season by hosting the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, November 10 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The 2012-13 slate includes a 16-game home schedule which features 10 Saturday games, including five of their eight home C-USA contests. The conference lineup includes an appearance by the Memphis Tigers, who captured both the 2012 regular season and postseason tournament titles.
"We have a very competitive schedule featuring several teams who are predicted to be NCAA tournament teams next spring," Rice head coach Ben Braun said. "Our nonconference schedule provides a number of early opportunities to compete against tournament-quality teams, which will be a tremendous preparation for the Conference USA season."
Braun led the Owls to a 19-16 record last season, including a pair of victories in the CIT over Louisiana and Drake. The postseason berth was the first in seven seasons for Rice and the pair of victories marked the first time in school history the Owls had won multiple postseason contests.
After a two-game home stand featuring St. Thomas and St. Edwards, the Owls will hit the road for four consecutive games, including a trip to Philadelphia, PA to face Temple, and three games in Anaheim, CA as part of the Anaheim Classic. Rice opens play in the Classic against Georgia Tech on November 22. Other teams in the event include California, Drake, Drexel Pacific, St. Mary's and Xavier.
Rice returns home for five consecutive home contests against HBU (December 1), Long Island (December 12), Harford (December 15), Chicago State (December 19) and TCU (December 22).
They close out the 2012 portion of their schedule with a road contest against the Texas Longhorns in Austin, then open 2013 with a road trip to Cambridge, Mass to face Harvard on January 5.
They return home to open the C-USA schedule four days later when they host Southern Miss on January 9. After facing Memphis on January 16, the Owls will step out of conference to host New Orleans on January 19.
Cross-town rival Houston comes to Tudor Fieldhouse on January 30 in the Owls final home Wednesday contest. Their final five home C-USA games are scheduled for Saturdays: East Carolina (February 2), SMU (February 9), Tulane (February 23), UTEP (March 2) and concluding with a matchup with Tulsa on March 9 that will also serve as Senior Day.