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Rice Owls
Rice Owls
School Name: Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas
Arena: Tudor Fieldhouse
Capacity: 5,208
Conference: American Athletic Conference
Head coach: Ben Braun

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 the American Athletic Conference. It previously participated in the Southwest Conference (1914-1996), the Western Athletic Conference (1996-2005), and Conference USA (2005–2023).

History[]

Coaches[]

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 28-50 .359
James Kitts 1932-1938 39-46 .459
Buster Brannon 1938-1942 68-20 .773
Joe Davis 1942-1945 52-10 .839
Buster Brannon 1945-1946 10-11 .476
Joe Davis 1946-1949 30-42 .417
Don Suman 1949-1959 132-105 .557
John Frankie 1959-1963 39-54 .419
George Carlisle 1963-1966 18-53 .254
Don Knodel 1966-1974 77-126 .379
Bob Polk 1974-1977 17-63 .212
Mike Schuler 1977-1981 30-76 .283
Tommy Suitts 1981-1987 63-99 .389
Scott Thomson 1987-1992 65-79 .451
Willis Wilson 1992-2008 218-247 .469
Ben Braun 2008-present 16-29 .356

Coaching staff[]

Position Name
Head Coach: Ben Braun
Associate Head Coach: Louis Reynaud
Assistant Coach: Marco Morocs
Assistant Coach: Mike Roberts
Director of Basketball Operations: Gaelyn Rose
Director of Player Development: Damon Stoudamire

Current roster[]

No. Position Year Player
1 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/G So Nate Schwarze
3 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/G Fr Tamir Jackson
4 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/G So Connor Frizzelle
5 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/F So Emerson Herndon
11 Template:Country data NGATemplate:Namespace detect showall Template:Basketball team player/role/F Jr Suleiman Braimoh
12 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/G Jr Bryan Beasley
13 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/F Fr Stuart Pirri
14 Iran Template:Basketball team player/role/F Fr Arsalan Kazemi
15 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/C Jr Trey Stanton
20 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/F So Lucas Kuipers
32 United States of America Template:Basketball team player/role/G Sr Cory Pflieger
34 Egypt Template:Basketball team player/role/C Fr Omar Oraby


Players of note[]

File:Autry Court.jpg

Tudor Fieldhouse, before the 2008 renovations.

Owls in the NBA[]

Former players[]

  • Morris Almond (2007-09)
  • Ken Austin (1983-84)
  • Bill Closs (1949-52)
  • Brock Gillespie (2006-07)
  • Mike Harris (2008-10)
  • Bill Henry (1948-50)
  • Bob Kinney (1949-50)
  • Ricky Pierce (1982-97)
  • Brent Scott (1996-97)
  • Mike Wilks (2002-09)

Retired jerseys[]

Rice University has retired one jersey.

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Years played
?? Bill Closs[1] 1939–43

References[]

External Links[]

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