2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball team

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2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball
Rice Owls logo.svg
ConferenceConference USA
2018–19 record13–19 (8–10 C-USA)
Head coachScott Pera (2nd season)
Assistant coaches
  • Chris Kreider
  • Mark Linebaugh
  • Van Green
Home arenaTudor Fieldhouse
Seasons
2018–19 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Old Dominion 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
Western Kentucky 11 7   .611     20 14   .588
Southern Miss 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
UTSA 11 7   .611     17 15   .531
UAB 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Marshall 11 7   .611     23 14   .622
FIU 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Louisiana Tech 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Florida Atlantic 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
North Texas 8 10   .444     21 12   .636
Rice 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
Middle Tennessee 8 10   .444     11 21   .344
Charlotte 5 13   .278     8 21   .276
UTEP 3 15   .167     8 21   .276
2019 C-USA Tournament winner

The 2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball team represented Rice University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by second-year head coach Scott Pera, played their home games at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas as members of Conference USA.

Previous season[edit]

The Owls finished the 2017–18 season 7–24, 4–14 in C-USA play to finish in 13th place and failed to qualify for the C-USA Tournament.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Connor Cashaw 0 G 6'5" 205 Junior Lincolnshire, IL Graduate transferred to Creighton
A. J. Lapray 2 G 6'5" 190 RS Senior Salem, OR Graduated
Miles Lester 11 G 6'0" 170 Freshman Wichita, KS Transferred to Wake Forest
Malik Osbourne 13 F 6'8" 200 Freshman Matteson, IL Transferred to Florida State
Bishop Mency 15 G 6'5" 215 Senior Chino Hills, CA Graduated
Grant Youngkin 20 G 6'3" 190 Sophomore Washington, D.C. Walk-on; left the team due to personal reasons
J. T. Trauber 24 G 5'10" 165 Senior Houston, TX Walk-on; graduated
Austin Meyer 30 F 6'9" 235 Sophomore Pflugerville, TX Transferred to Oklahoma State

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Jack Williams 32 F 6'8" 220 RS Senior Porter Ranch, CA Transferred from Pacific. Will be eligible to play immediately since Williams graduated from Pacific.

2018 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chris Mullins
#55 SG
Mansfield, TX Timberview High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) N/A Aug 23, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 3
Trey Murphy III
SG
Cary, NC Cary Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Nov 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Quentin Millora-Brown
PF
Lorton, VA Bishop O'Connell High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Nov 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Payton Moore
SG
Los Angeles, CA Windward School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 0
Drew Peterson
SF
Libertyville, IL Libertyville High Scoool 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 10, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 0
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2018.

2019 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Rice Owls men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Payton Moore 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Santa Monica High School Los Angeles, California
G 1 Josh Parrish 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS So Seguin High School
TCU
Arlington, Texas
G 2 Trey Murphy III 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Cary Academy Durham, North Carolina
G 3 Ako Adams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School Washington, D.C.
F 4 Dylan Jones 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr The Village School
Penn
Houston, Texas
G 5 Addison Owen (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr The Paideia School Atlanta, Georgia
F 10 Robert Martin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Tilton School Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G/F 23 Drew Peterson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Libertyville High School Libertyville, Illinois
G 24 Chris Mullins 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Mansfield Timberview High School Grand Prairie, Texas
G 30 Oliver Xu (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Hong Kong International School Hong Kong
F 32 Jack Williams 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Sr Chaminade
Pacific
Porter Ranch, California
F 35 Tim Harrison 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Francis W. Parker School San Diego, California
F 42 Quentin Millora-Brown 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr South County High School Lorton, Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2018*
7:00 pm
St. Thomas (TX) W 90–76 
Tudor Fieldhouse 
Houston, TX
Non-conference regular season
Nov 6, 2018*
7:00 pm
Saint Leo W 80–64  1–0
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,368)
Houston, TX
Nov 9, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Penn L 76–92  1–1
Palestra (2,256)
Philadelphia, PA
Nov 12, 2018*
7:00 pm, CUSA.tv
Alabama A&M
Men Against Breast Cancer Cup
W 73–59  2–1
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,103)
Houston, TX
Nov 14, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Houston
Men Against Breast Cancer Cup
L 68–79  2–2
H&PE Arena (3,952)
Houston, TX
Nov 17, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Northwestern State
Men Against Breast Cancer Cup
W 102–74  3–2
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,220)
Houston, TX
Nov 21, 2018*
8:00 pm, BYUtv
at BYU
Men Against Breast Cancer Cup
L 78–105  3–3
Marriott Center (11,631)
Provo, UT
Nov 25, 2018*
2:00 pm, Cox YurView/ESPN3
at Wichita State L 61–90  3–4
Charles Koch Arena (10,089)
Wichita, KS
Nov 28, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Texas State L 60–74  3–5
Strahan Coliseum (1,897)
San Marcos, TX
Dec 1, 2018*
4:30 pm
Lamar L 68–75  3-6
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,926)
Houston, TX
Dec 13, 2018*
11:15 am
St. Edward's W 78–73  4–6
Tudor Fieldhouse (4,786)
Houston, TX
Dec 15, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
UC Santa Barbara L 89–99 OT 4–7
Tudor Fieldhouse (2,000)
Houston, TX
Dec 18, 2018*
7:00 pm
at Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 75–67  5–7
UTRGV Fieldhouse (418)
Edinburg, TX
Dec 21, 2018*
7:00 pm
Omaha L 66–83  5–8
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,276)
Houston, TX
Conference USA regular season
Dec 29, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN+
North Texas L 87–103  5–9
(0–1)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,735)
Houston, TX
Jan 3, 2019
3:00 pm
Southern Miss W 73–65  6-9
(1-1)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,108)
Houston, TX
Jan 5, 2019
2:00 pm
Louisiana Tech W 78–66  7–9
(2–1)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,430)
Houston, TX
Jan 10, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at UTSA L 79–95  7–10
(2–2)
Convocation Center (530)
San Antonio, TX
Jan 12, 2019
8:00 pm
at UTEP L 64–65  7–11
(2–3)
Don Haskins Center (4,345)
El Paso, TX
Jan 19, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN+
at North Texas L 75–76  7–12
(2–4)
The Super Pit (3,728)
Denton, TX
Jan 24, 2019
7:00 pm
Middle Tennessee W 79–68  8–12
(3–4)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,375)
Houston, TX
Jan 26, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
UAB L 86–89  8–13
(3–5)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,731)
Houston, TX
Jan 31, 2019
6:00 pm
at Charlotte W 65–61  9–13
(4–5)
Dale F. Halton Arena (3,837)
Charlotte, NC
Feb 2, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN+
at Old Dominion L 76–80  9–14
(4–6)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (7,805)
Norfolk, VA
Feb 7, 2019
8:00 pm, CBSSN
Western Kentucky L 85–92 2OT 9–15
(4–7)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,757)
Houston, TX
Feb 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Marshall W 74–69  10–15
(5–7)
Tudor Fieldhouse (2,910)
Houston, TX
Feb 14, 2019
6:00 pm
at FIU L 65–86  10–16
(5–8)
Ocean Bank Convocation Center (785)
Miami, FL
Feb 16, 2019
1:00 pm
at Florida Atlantic L 41–60  10–17
(5–9)
FAU Arena (1,389)
Boca Raton, FL
Feb 23, 2019
8:00 pm
UTEP W 85-81 2OT 11–17
(6–9)
Don Haskins Center (5,071)
El Paso, TX
Mar 3, 2019
2:00 pm
Middle Tennessee W 67–61  12–17
(7–9)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,478)
Houston, TX
Mar 6, 2019
6:00 pm
at Charlotte W 79–70  13–17
(8–9)
Dale F. Halton Arena (2,513)
Charlotte, NC
Mar 9, 2019
7:00 pm
Charlotte L 70–78  13–18
(8–10)
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,884)
Houston, TX
Conference USA Tournament
Mar 13, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN+
(11) vs. (6) Marshall
First round
L 65–82  13–19
Ford Center at The Star (2,704)
Frisco, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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