By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
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HOUSTON — Rice will play its first game of the 2017-18 campaign when it welcomes the Wayland Baptist Pioneers to Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. CT. It will be the lone exhibition game of the year for the Owls.
The game marks the beginning of the Scott Pera. Pera takes over after serving the last three years as Associate Head Coach at Rice.
• Rice returns eight letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished 23-12 and made it to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational. However, of those eight, only one is a returning starter.
• Guard Connor Cashaw is the team’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds last year, which was second on the squad.
• Of the 15 Owls on the roster, 10 are freshmen or sophomores. Of the 10, sophomores Ako Adams, Tim Harrison, Robert Martin, Austin Meyer, Addison Owen and Grant Youngkin are the only players who have seen action at Rice.
• Sophomore Josh Parrish will sit out this year due to the NCAA Transfer rule.
• Head coach Scott Pera is beginning his first season leading the Rice men’s basketball program after serving its last three years as its Associate Head Coach.
Scouting Wayland Baptist
• Wayland Baptist enters tonight’s game with a 2-0 record after winning the Ohkay Owingeh Classic in Espanola N.M.
• The Pioneers finished 18-13 last year and 10-8 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
• Wayland Baptist returns five letterwinners off of last year’s squad, while nine newcomers are added to the mix.
• Junior guard Trevonta Robertson leads WBU in scoring (18.5), three-point field goal percentage (.500) and free throw percentage (.889). He is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
• Junior guard Josh Throns is averaging 17.0 points while connecting on 50.0% from three.
• Senior guard/forward Tyrone Davis is averaging 15.5 points while pulling down 6.5 rebounds.
• Head coach Ryan Wall is beginning his third season leading the Wayland Baptist men’s basketball program. He has compiled a 41-25 record.
• Rice and Wayland Baptist have met three previous times in the regular season with Rice holding a 3-0 advantage.
• All three games were played at Rice.
• This is the first meeting between the schools since 1978.
• Rice opened the season with the Pioneers in the 1974-75 and 1976-77 seasons.
• The Owls begin the season with back-to-back home games, beginning on Friday, Nov. 10 against Eastern Kentucky. The game will be a part of the MGM Grand Main Event. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be live-streamed at CUSA.tv.