Rice vs Houston Basketball Preview and Prediction
Rice vs Houston Preview
Rice will face crosstown rival Houston in the Men Against Breast Cancer Cougar Cup this Wednesday, Nov. 14 at H&PE Arena on the campus of Texas Southern. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be live-streamed by ESPN3.
The Owls are 2-1 after defeating Alabama A&M, 73-59, in the first game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Cougar Cup.
Houston is 1-0 after beating that same Alabama A&M team 101-54 in its season opener.
• This will be the 81st meeting between Rice and Houston with the Cougars holding a 62-18 advantage.
• It will also be just the 17th meeting as non-conference opponents.
• Houston has won the last four meetings and five of the last six.
About the Rice Owls
Rice has four players averaging double-figures, led by forward Robert Martin with 15.7 points per game. The junior is connecting on 77.8% from the field and 80.0% from three while placing second on the team with 5.7 rebounds per game.
Guard Ako Adams is coming off of a career game that saw him score 22 points in 26 minutes. For the season he is connecting on 47.1 percent from three and 90.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Owls as a team are only shooting 32 percent from three-point land, so Adams is one of the few that can make it from deep on this team.
When graduate transfer Jack Williams debuted for Rice in its season opener against Saint Leo, he did something that no other player had done in the school’s history. Williams recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the first player to do so in their debut. In fact, the 10 rebounds are the most by an Owl in their debut.
Williams is averaging 13 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game.
About the Houston Cougars
The Cougars were picked to finish third in the American Athletic Conferences Preseason Coaches Poll in mid-October. Houston received 103 points and a pair of first-place votes to stand behind only UCF (114 pts., 6 votes) and Cincinnati (107 pts, 3 votes). Memphis (85 pts, 1 vote), UConn (75), Temple (74), SMU (63), Wichita State (60), Tulsa (48), Tulane (23), ECU (22) and USF (18) rounded out the field.
Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. was named to the Preseason All-Conference Second Team, while guard Nate Hinton was recognized as the league’s Preseason Freshman of the Year.
Junior guard Armoni Brooks led all scorers with 24 points, behind six three-pointers, as Houston rolled to a 101-54 season opening victory over Alabama A&M.
Davis finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc. Senior center Breaon Brady added 12 points with five rebounds, while redshirt freshman forward Cedrick Alley Jr. totaled 11 points with five rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Making his collegiate debut, guard Nate Hinton – who was chosen as The American’s Preseason Freshman of the Year, totaled seven points with a game-high seven rebounds.
It was a total team effort for Houston who will not face a real test until December 1st when they take on 13th-ranked Oregon.
LINE -24 Houston
The Rice Owls may have an improved unit this year when looking at their dismal history–but they are not in the same class as Houston and the score should reflect that.
If the Cougars are hitting their outside shots like they were against A&M this game could be over by halftime. The Owls are not a long-range shooting team so coming back without the three-ball going in will be difficult.
Houston 92 Rice 65
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