Rice Owls men's basketball

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Rice Owls
2014–15 Rice Owls men's basketball team
Rice Owls athletic logo
University Rice University
Conference C-USA
Location Houston, TX
Head coach Mike Rhoades (1st year)
Arena Tudor Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 5,750)
Nickname Owls
Student section Autry Army
Colors

Blue and Gray

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940, 1942, 1954, 1970
Conference regular season champions
Southwest Conference: 1918, 1935, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1954, 1970

The Rice Owls men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of Rice University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in Conference USA. They previously participated in the Southwest Conference (1914-1996) and the Western Athletic Conference (1996-2005).

The Owls play their home games in Tudor Fieldhouse, which they have called home since 1950. Previously known as Rice Gymnasium, it was renamed in honor of Rice alum Bobby Tudor, who spearheaded the 2008 renovation of the facility with a multi-million dollar donation. The court is designated "Autry Court" in memory of Mrs. James L. Autry. Her husband James Lockhart Autry was a descendant of Micajah Autry, who was a hero of the Battle of the Alamo. Her daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Kelley, made a generous donation to the gymnasium building fund in honor of her late mother, an ardent supporter of Rice.

History[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Head Coach Years Win-Loss Pct.
Robert Cummings 1914-1917 30-11 .732
Wilbur Tisdale 1917-1919 14-14 .500
Leslie Mann 1919-1920 6-6 .500
Pete Cawthon 1920-1921 5-10 .333
Howard Yerges 1921-1922 2-12 .143
Phillip Arbuckle 1922-1923 10-9 .526
Franklyn Ashcraft 1923-1924 3-17 .150
John Patrick Nicholson 1924-1925 2-12 .143
Franklyn Ashcraft 1925-1927 1-22 .043
Russell Daugherty 1927-1932 25-46 .352
James Kitts 1932-1938 48-56 .462
Buster Brannon 1938-1942 68-20 .773
Joe Davis 1942-1945 52-10 .839
Buster Brannon 1945-1946 17-16 .515
Joe Davis 1946-1949 31-46 .403
Don Suman 1949-1959 149-106 .584
John Frankie 1959-1963 39-54 .419
George Carlisle 1963-1966 18-53 .254
Don Knodel 1966-1974 76-127 .374
Bob Polk 1974-1977 17-63 .212
Mike Schuler 1977-1981 30-76 .283
Tommy Suitts 1981-1987 64-106 .376
Scott Thompson 1987-1992 65-79 .451
Willis Wilson 1992-2008 219-246 .471
Ben Braun 2008-2014 63-128 .330
Mike Rhoades 2014- 0-0 .000

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1940 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Kansas
Colorado
L 44–50
W 60–56
1942 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
Stanford
Kansas
L 47–53
L 53–55
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Oklahoma A&M
Colorado
L 45–51
W 78–55
1970 First Round New Mexico State L 77–101

NIT results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1943 Quarterfinals St. John's L 49–51
1991 First Round Arkansas State L 71–78
1993 First Round
Second Round
Wisconsin
Boston College
W 77–73
L 68–101
2004 Opening Round UW-Milwaukee L 53–91
2005 Opening Round Southwest Missouri State L 82–105

CIT results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Louisiana
Drake
Oakland
W 68–63
W 74–68
L 70–77

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Rice Owls men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 0 Peera, DanDan Peera 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr California San Ramon, California
G 1 Guercy, MaxMax Guercy 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr California Arleta, California
G 2 Burbach, JoeyJoey Burbach (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Wisconsin Port Washington, Wisconsin
G 3 Xu, OliverOliver Xu (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Hong Kong Hong Kong
G/F 4 Koulechov, EgorEgor Koulechov (I) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Volgograd Oblast Volgograd, Russia
G 5 Reed, JordanJordan Reed 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Texas Lucas, Texas
F 10 Davis, DenzelDenzel Davis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Florida Orlando, Florida
F 11 Wilson, RossRoss Wilson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Tyne and Wear Gosforth, England
F 12 Rivers, MauriceMaurice Rivers 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia
G 15 Mency, BishopBishop Mency 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr California Chino Hills, California
G 22 Jackson, MarcusMarcus Jackson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So California Acton, California
G 24 Trauber, J. T.J. T. Trauber (W) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Texas Houston, Texas
G 31 Green, VanVan Green 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Alabama Birmingham, Alabama
F 41 Gearhart, SethSeth Gearhart (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Oregon Wilsonville, Oregon
C 45 Pollard, NateNate Pollard 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Utah Bountiful, Utah
C 54 Drone, AndrewAndrew Drone 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) So Illinois Junction, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2014-09-05

Players of note[edit]

Tudor Fieldhouse, before the 2008 renovations.

Owls in the NBA[edit]

Former players[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Rice University has retired six jerseys.

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Years played
16 Bill Henry 1942–45
21 Gene Schwinger 1951–54
22 Bill Closs[1] 1939–43
23 Bob Kinney 1938–42
25 Ricky Pierce 1979–82
29 Don Lance 1951–54

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/rice/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/tocquickfacts.pdf

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