Rice Opens Homestand On Saturday Against HBU
Nov. 29, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's basketball returns home from a bi-coastal four game road trip to host Houston Baptist on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.
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The Owls (1-5) challenged Temple in Philadelphia before heading west to the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim over the Thanksgiving break. Rice saw breakout performances from Austin Ramljak and Tamir Jackson at the tournament, as the pair of upperclassmen tallied the team's three highest individual scoring outputs of the season.
Ramjlak connected on six three-pointers in the tournament opener against Georgia Tech to notch a season-best 18 points. Jackson then followed with a pair of 20-point performances against Drake and Drexel to move up to 18th on the program's career scoring list.
Saturday's game opens a five-game home stand for the Owls. After final exams, Rice hosts LIU-Brooklyn, Hartford, Chicago State and TCU before taking a holiday break.
Scouting the Huskies (3-3)
Art Bernardi leads the team with 16.0 points on 50.6 percent shooting from the field. Tyler Russell also averages double-figure points with 11.7 per game. He leads the team with a 2.5 assists average.
The Huskies score just 15 percent of their 63.5 points per game from three-point range, but get to the foul line an average of 19.1 times per game.
HBU is 1-1 at home and has won a pair of neutral site games at the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii. In true road games, the Huskies are 0-2.
The Huskies force 18.3 turnovers per game, led by Marcus Davis' 3.0 steals. HBU leads the Great West Conference with a +2.5 turnover margin.
Saturday marks the third meeting in the last four seasons as Rice won by a margin of 60-46 in 2009-10 and 78-66 last season.
Jackson averages 15.0 points per game against the Huskies, including 20 points in the Nov. 30, 2011 win. Then a junior, the guard sank 10-of-16 free throws to accompany six rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes.
The first three meetings between the teams were decided by an average of 5.0 points per game, while Rice has won the last three by a 16.7-point margin. Overall, the average score has been 80.3-69.5, in favor of the Owls.
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