Men's Basketball Begins Homestand against Stephen F. Austin

Dec. 9, 2016

By: Tim Andrzejewski (

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HOUSTON -- Rice begins a two-game homestand this Saturday, Dec. 10, when it hosts Stephen F. Austin. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be live-streamed by

Scouting Rice
• Rice enters Saturday night's game with a 6-2 record. The Owls look to get back on track after falling at Texas Tech last Saturday, 85-84.
• Sophomore guard and Preseason All-Conference USA member Marcus Evans leads the conference in scoring, and is ninth in the country (as of Dec. 8), averaging 23.1 points per game. He is also fifth in the league in three-pointers made per game (2.8), sixth in assists (4.9) and ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.407).
• Redshirt junior guard/forward Egor Koulechov is averaging 19.1 points, good for a fourth-place tie in C-USA. He is also second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.561) and three-pointers made per game (2.9), is sixth in rebounding (8.1) and ninth in free throw percentage (.848).
• Redshirt junior guard Marcus Jackson is averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He is fourth in the league in free throw percentage (.889) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (2.3).
• Sophomore guard Connor Cashaw is averaging 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds.
• The Owls lead Conference USA in scoring with 85.8 points per game while allowing 75.6.
• Rice is second in the league in field goal percentage (48.3%) and leads C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.402). Rice is allowing 42.6% from the floor and 36.2% from three.
• The Owls also lead the league with 9.8 three-pointers made per game and are second in steals (7.4).
• Head coach Mike Rhoades is in his third season at the helm of the Rice basketball program. He owns a 30-42 (.417) record on South Main and a 227-118 (.658) record in 12 years as a head coach.

Scouting Stephen F. Austin
• Stephen F. Austin enters Saturday night's contest with a 3-4 record. The Lumberjacks have lost three of four games after falling to UAB on Wednesday, 83-74, snapping their 31-game home winning streak.
• Sophomore forward T.J Holyfield and junior guard Ivan Canete lead SFA in scoring with both averaging 12.6 points per game.
• Holyfield is leading the team and is ninth in the Southland Conference with 7.1 rebounds. He is also fifth in free throw percentage (.875) and seventh in blocks (1.7) while shooting 51.8% from the field.
• Senior guard Dallas Cameron is averaging 10.6 points and is seventh in the conference in free throw percentage (.818).
• Stephen F. Austin is scoring 71.36 points per game while allowing 73.6.
• The Lumberjacks are connecting on 45.4% from the field and 32.6-percent from three while allowing 46.9% from the floor and 33.0% from beyond the arc.
• SFA is pulling down 32.9 rebounds per game while allowing a league-best 30.3.
• Stephen F. Austin is also leading the league in free throw percentage, connecting on 76.4% from the charity stripe.
• Head coach Kyle Keller is in his first season at the head of the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball program where he owns a 3-4 (.429) record.

Series History
• Rice and Stephen F. Austin will meet for the 18th time, but the first since 2001.
• SFA holds a narrow 9-8 lead in the series, but Rice is 7-2 on its home court.
• The teams have traded wins over the last five meetings with neither team winning consecutive games since Rice won two straight from 1952-54.
• This is head Mike Rhoades' first-ever meeting against Stephen F. Austin.

Next Up
• Rice closes its short homestand next Thursday, Dec. 15, when it hosts St. Edward's in the annual Kids Day game. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. CT and will be live-streamed on





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