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Rice Owls Men's Basketball Releases 2019-'20 Schedule

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POSTED: July 31, 2019 -- 11:38 a.m. CT

Sixteen home games and a trip to the Bahamas highlight the 2019-20 Rice Owls Men's Basketball schedule, announced Wednesday morning by Rice Head Coach Scott Pera.

"We are excited to announce our 2019-20 schedule,” said Pera. “The non-conference, once again, will feature a long line of quality opponents including opening night at Arkansas and Houston coming to Tudor Fieldhouse for the first time since 2013. We also are excited about the Island of the Bahamas Showcase in November. The schedule features 14 teams that won at least 20 games last year and nine that made postseason play. The home league schedule has league champion Old Dominion coming to Tudor in February. We can't wait to get started and feel the schedule will get our fans excited as we continue to build our program. See you in November as you help us pack Tudor this season.”

Rice opens the season on the road for the first time in three years when it travels to NIT participant and former Southwest Conference foe Arkansas on November 5. It will be the just the second time that the teams will face off since leaving the Southwest Conference.

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Rice hosts the Houston Cougars on November 19. It is the first time since 2013 that Rice will host the Cougars, who made the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year.

Rice then takes to the Bahamas for the Isle of the Bahamas Showcase, Nov. 22-24. The Owls will open the tournament against Milwaukee. It will be just the second meeting between the schools and the first since the 2004 NIT. Rice will then face either Atlantic Sun champion Liberty or Morgan State. The final game will be against East Carolina, Evansville, George Washington or UMKC.

The Owls begin Conference USA play on January 2 when Rice travels to Huntington, WV, to face College Basketball Invitational champion Marshall.

For the second straight year, the final four games of the C-USA regular season are to be determined by the most competitive matchups coupled with geographical constraints. The teams will be divided into two groups of five (teams 1-5 and 6-10) and a group of four (11-14). During the final three weeks, teams will play within their respective grouping for the last four games of conference play. Home and away games within the groups will be determined by a preset formula. The game dates are set (February 22, February 27, March 1, March 4, and March 7) with one date being a bye.

The Conference USA Tournament will be held March 11-14 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. North Texas will host the tournament for the third straight year.

2019-20 Rice Owls Men's Basketball Schedule

Date (Day)
Time (CT)
Oct. 31 (Thu) TBA vs St. Edward's (Exhibition) Tudor Fieldhouse
Nov. 5 (Tue) TBA at Arkansas Bud Walton Arena
Nov. 9 (Sat) TBA vs Penn Tudor Fieldhouse
Nov. 10 (Sun) TBA vs Wayland Baptist Tudor Fieldhouse
Nov. 12 (Tue) TBA at Northwestern State Prather Coliseum
Nov. 16 (Sat) TBA at UC Santa Barbara The Thunderdome
Nov. 19 (Thu) TBA vs Houston Tudor Fieldhouse
Nov. 22 (Fri) 1 p.m. Milwaukee Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium
Nov. 23 (Sat) TBA Liberty / Morgan State Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium
Nov. 24 (Sun) TBA TBD Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium
Dec. 7 (Sat) TBA at Lamar Montagne Center
Dec. 14 (Sat) TBA vs Houston Baptist Tudor Fieldhouse
Dec. 19 (Thu) TBA vs St. Thomas Tudor Fieldhouse
Dec. 29 (Sun) TBA vs Sam Houston State Tudor Fieldhouse
C-USA Regular Season
Jan. 2 (Thu) TBA at Marshall Cam Henderson Center
Jan. 4 (Sat) TBA at WKU E.A. Diddle Arena
Jan. 9 (Thu) TBA vs Florida Atlantic Tudor Fieldhouse
Jan. 11 (Sat) TBA vs FIU Tudor Fieldhouse
Jan. 16 (Thu) TBA at Louisiana Tech Thomas Assembly Center
Jan. 18 (Sat) TBA at Southern Miss Reed Green Coliseum
Jan. 20 (Mon) TBA at North Texas The Super Pit
Jan. 23 (Thu) TBA vs UTEP Tudor Fieldhouse
Jan. 25 (Sat) TBA vs UTSA Tudor Fieldhouse
Feb. 1 (Sat) TBA vs North Texas Tudor Fieldhouse
Feb. 6 (Thu) TBA at UAB Bartow Arena
Feb. 8 (Sat) TBA at Middle Tennessee Murphy Center
Feb. 13 (Thu) TBA vs Old Dominion Tudor Fieldhouse
Feb. 15 (Sat) TBA vs Charlotte Tudor Fieldhouse
Feb. 22 (Sat) TBA C-USA Bonus Play TBD
Feb. 27 (Thu) TBA C-USA Bonus Play TBD
Mar. 1 (Sun) TBA C-USA Bonus Play TBD
Mar. 4 (Wed) TBA C-USA Bonus Play TBD
Mar. 7 (Sat) TBA C-USA Bonus Play TBD
Mar. 11 (Wed) TBA First Round Ford Center at The Star
Mar. 12 (Thu) TBA Quarterfinals Ford Center at The Star
Mar. 13 (Fri) TBA Semifinals Ford Center at The Star
Mar. 14 (Sat) TBA Championship Ford Center at The Star

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