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Rice Owls Men's Basketball Releases 2019-'20 Schedule
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
|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|
|ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS SHOWCASE -- Nassau, Bahamas|
|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|
|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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