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Rice Men's Basketball Announces 2020-21 Schedule
UPDATED: November 24, 2020 -- 1:45 p.m. CT
POSTED: November 17, 2020 -- 3:13 p.m. CT
Twelve home games, including an amended Conference USA schedule, highlight the 2020-21 Rice Men's Basketball schedule, announced Tuesday afternoon by Rice Head Coach Scott Pera.
Rice opens the season Thanksgiving weekend with the Thanksgiving Invitational at Incarnate Word. The Owls open the tournament on Nov. 27 against the Cardinals. The following day, Rice will take on Our Lady of the Lake.
This season, Conference USA will move to a new 18-game regular season format for conference play that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes. In this format, schools will play two games per visit at four select C-USA schools and host four select teams for a two-game series, while playing a rival opponent one time home and away.
Moving to this schedule format will significantly reduce the amount of travel during conference play, with the aim of minimizing the risks associated with COVID-19. Additionally, the final week of the regular season (March 5-6) may be utilized to re-schedule any postponed games.
The conference tournament will return to its familiar 12-team field that it has utilized for the past several seasons. The top 12 regular season finishers in conference play will qualify for the Championship, played Mar. 10-13 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.
Game times and television information will be announced at a later date.
Due to guidelines set by Conference USA, Rice will be limited to no more than 15% capacity for all home games. Rice Athletics is currently working the Rice Crisis Management Team on a more detailed plan to allow fans inside Tudor Fieldhouse as well as additional guidelines to ensure fan safety at events. Further information will be communicated as soon as it is available.
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2020-21 Rice Owls Men's Basketball Schedule (schedule subject to change)
Thanksgiving Invitational -- San Antonio, TX
Time (CT) / Result
|Nov. 27 (Fri)||W, 68-53.||at Incarnate Word||Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center|
|Nov. 28 (Sat)||W, 103-64.||Our Lady of the Lake||Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center|
|Dec. 3 (Thu)||2 p.m.||vs LeTourneau||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Dec. 5 (Sat)||7 p.m.||at HBU||Sharp Gym|
|Dec. 12 (Sat)||1 p.m.||at Houston (ESPN+)||Fertitta Center|
|Dec. 15 (Tue)||TBA||vs HBU||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Dec. 19 (Sat)||2 p.m.||at Sam Houston State||Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum|
|Dec. 21 (Mon)||TBA||vs Incarnate Word||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 1 (Fri)||2 p.m.||vs UTSA (ESPN+)||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 2 (Sat)||2 p.m.||vs UTSA (ESPN+)||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 8 (Fri)||8 p.m.||at UTEP||Don Haskins Center|
|Jan. 9 (Sat)||8 p.m.||at UTEP (ESPN+)||Don Haskins Center|
|Jan. 15 (Fri)||2 p.m.||vs Old Dominion (ESPN+)||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 16 (Sat)||1 p.m.||vs Old Dominion (ESPN+)||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 22 (Fri)||6:30 p.m.||at UAB||Bartow Arena|
|Jan. 23 (Sat)||4 p.m.||at UAB (ESPN+)||Bartow Arena|
|Jan. 27 or 28 (Wed or Thu)||7 p.m.||vs North Texas (ESPN+)||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Jan. 30 (Sat)||4 p.m.||at North Texas||The Super Pit|
|Feb. 5 (Fri)||7 p.m.||vs Southern Miss||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Feb. 6 (Sat)||TBA||vs Southern Miss||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Feb. 12 (Fri)||7 p.m.||at WKU||E.A. Diddle Arena|
|Feb. 13 (Sat)||TBA||at WKU||E.A. Diddle Arena|
|Feb. 19 (Fri)||7 p.m.||vs Marshall (ESPN+||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Feb. 20 (Sat)||4 p.m.||vs Marshall (ESPN+||Tudor Fieldhouse|
|Feb. 26 (Fri)||6:30 p.m.||at Louisiana Tech||Thomas Assembly Center|
|Feb. 27 (Sat)||6 p.m.||at Louisiana Tech||Thomas Assembly Center|
|Mar. 10 (Wed)||TBA||C-USA Championship, First Round||Ford Center at The Star|
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