By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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HOUSTON — Rice goes on the road for the final time in non-conference play this Saturday, Dec. 17, when it travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Pittsburgh. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT and will be shown by ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
• Rice enters Saturday night’s game with an 8-2 record. The Owls have won two straight games and seven out of eight after defeating St. Edward’s, 93-64, Thursday afternoon.
• Sophomore guard and Preseason All-Conference USA member Marcus Evans is fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game. He is also fifth in the league in assists (5.0) and eighth in three-pointers made per game (2.2).
• Redshirt junior guard/forward Egor Koulechov is averaging 19.4 points, good for fifth-place in C-USA. He leads the league and is second in the country (as of Dec. 15) in three-point field goal percentage (.609). The Volgograd, Russia native is also fourth in three-pointers made per game (2.8), sixth in field goal percentage (.558) and free throw percentage (.870) and seventh in rebounding (7.7).
• Redshirt junior guard Marcus Jackson is averaging 12.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He is fifth in the league in free throw percentage (.850) and seventh in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.1).
• Sophomore guard Connor Cashaw is averaging 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds.
• The Owls are second in Conference USA in scoring, averaging 84.9 points per game while allowing 73.2.
• Rice is second in the league in field goal percentage (49.2%) and leads C-USA in three-point field goal percentage (.402). Rice is allowing 41.3% from the floor and 34.2% from three.
• The Owls are also second in the league with 9.4 three-pointers made per game.
• Head coach Mike Rhoades is in his third season at the helm of the Rice basketball program. He owns a 32-42 (.432) record on South Main and a 229-118 (.660) record in 12 years as a head coach.
• Pittsburgh enters Saturday night’s contest with an 8-2 record. The Panthers, who are receiving votes in the Associate Press poll, have won six of their last seven games after defeating Penn State, 81-73, last Saturday.
• Senior forward Michael Young leads the ACC in scoring, averaging 23.0 points. He is also sixth in the league in assists (3.8), seventh in field goal percentage (.500) and 10th in free throw percentage (.827).
• Senior guard Jamel Artis is fourth in the league in scoring with 18.9 points. He averages a team-high 3.8 assists and is eighth in the conference in minutes (33.9).
• Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is scoring 11.9 points per game while placing fourth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.434) and sixth in three-point field goals made per game (2.3).
• Pittsburgh is scoring 78.1 points per game while allowing 72.9.
• The Panthers are connecting on 45.7% from the field and 34.4% from three while allowing just 41.1% from the floor and 29.2% from beyond the arc.
• Pittsburgh is pulling down 38.8 rebounds per game while allowing 36.0.
• Head coach Kevin Stallings is in his first season at the helm of the Pittsburgh men’s basketball program where he owns an 8-2 (.800) record. In 24 years as a head coach, Stallings is 463-285 (.619).
• This will be the first-ever meeting between Rice and Pittsburgh on the hardwood.
• Rice returns home next Monday, Dec. 19, when it hosts Northwestern State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be live-streamed on CUSA.tv.