HOUSTON- Rice welcomes UC Riverside this Friday, Nov. 27, to Tudor Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
This is the first-ever meeting between Rice and UC Riverside.
Rice is looking for its second straight win, as it enters today’s game with a 1-4 record.
Freshman Marcus Evans is second in Conference USA in scoring, averaging 19.0 points. He is also eighth in minutes played (32.8). Redshirt sophomore Egor Koulechov is tied for sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 6.4 points and is tied for third in the league with 3.0 three-pointers made per game.
Rice is averaging 69.0 points per game while allowing 84.0. The Owls are connecting on just 40.8% from the field and 29.9% from the three-point line while allowing 49.5% from the field and 43.3% from beyond the arc.
UC Riverside enters the game with a 3-1 record. The Highlanders are coming off an 81-55 victory over Delaware State.
The Highlanders are led by senior guard Nick Garth with 17.0 points, which is tied for third in the Big West Conference. He is also grabbing 4.0 rebounds per game. Junior forward Secean Johnson is second on the team with 13.8 points and is also pulling down 4.5 boards per game.
UC Riverside is second in the Big West in scoring with 78.8 points while leading the league by allowing just 61.0 points per game. The Highlanders are connecting on 46.6% from the floor and is second in the Big West in three-point field goal percentage (42.5%) from three. UCR is also second in the league in field goal percentage defense (36.0%) while leading the conference in three-point field goal defense (20.8%). UCR is pulling down 38.8 rebounds per game while allowing 35.8.
Dennis Cutts is in his third season at the helm of the UC Riverside basketball program, where he has a 27-40 (.403) record.