HOUSTON-- Rice continues its five-game homestand this Sunday, Nov. 22, when it hosts Fresno State in the second game of the Roundball Showcase. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT.
The Owls are looking to avoid dropping to 0-4 for the first time since 2007 when it started 0-4.
Rice and Fresno State will meet for the 18th time and the first time since 2005. All 17 meetings came while the teams were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs lead the series 6-11, but Rice has won the last five games. In Houston, the series is tied, 4-4.
Rice is looking for its first win of the season, as it enters today's game with a 0-3 record. Redshirt sophomore Egor Koulechov is tied for seventh in Conference USA in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 7.7 points. Freshman Marcus Evans is 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 16.7 points. He is also seventh in minutes played for game (33.0).
Freshman Marquez Letcher-Ellis is third on the team with 8.0 points. Senior Max Guercy is averaging 6.0 points. He is also second on the team with 3.3 rebounds and is connecting on 87.5-percent from the free throw line.
Rice is averaging 62.7 points per game while allowing 84.7. The Owls are connecting on just 37.9% from the field and 27.7% from the three-point line while allowing 50.8% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc.
Fresno State enters the game with a 3-0 record. The Bulldogs are coming off a 78-71 victory over San Francisco. FS is looking for its first 4-0 start since 2006.
Fresno State is led by Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Marvelle Harris with 19.3 points. He also leads the MW in steals (3.0) and is second with 5.0 assists. Junior forward Torren Jones is second on the team with 12.7 points and leads the league with 11.3 rebounds. Senior guard Cezar Guerrero is averaging 10.3 points and is second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.538).
Fresno State is averaging 75.7 points per game while allowing 69.7. The Bulldogs are connecting on just 38.3% from the floor and 26.9% from three while allowing 41.5% from the field and 32.2% from beyond the arc. FS is second in the Mountain West in rebounding, grabbing 43.0 boards per game while allowing 39.3.
Rodney Terry is in his fifth season at the helm of the Fresno State basketball program, where he has a 63-74 (.460) record.