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Rice Owls men's basketball

Rice Owls
2014–15 Rice Owls men's basketball team
Rice Owls athletic logo
University Rice University
Conference C-USA
Location Houston, TX
Head coach Mike Rhoades (1st year)
Arena Tudor Fieldhouse
(Capacity: 5,750)
Nickname Owls
Student section Autry Army

Blue and Gray

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940, 1942, 1954, 1970
Conference regular season champions
Southwest Conference: 1918, 1935, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1954, 1970

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 Conference USA. They previously participated in the Southwest Conference (1914-1996) and the Western Athletic Conference (1996-2005).

The Owls play their home games in Tudor Fieldhouse, which they have called home since 1950. Previously known as Rice Gymnasium, it was renamed in honor of Rice alum Bobby Tudor, who spearheaded the 2008 renovation of the facility with a multi-million dollar donation. The court is designated "Autry Court" in memory of Mrs. James L. Autry. Her husband James Lockhart Autry was a descendant of Micajah Autry, who was a hero of the Battle of the Alamo. Her daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Kelley, made a generous donation to the gymnasium building fund in honor of her late mother, an ardent supporter of Rice.


  • History 1
    • Coaches 1.1
    • NCAA Tournament results 1.2
    • NIT results 1.3
    • CIT results 1.4
  • Roster 2
  • Players of note 3
    • Owls in the NBA 3.1
      • Former players 3.1.1
    • Retired jerseys 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5



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 25-46 .352
James Kitts 1932-1938 48-56 .462
Buster Brannon 1938-1942 68-20 .773
Joe Davis 1942-1945 52-10 .839
Buster Brannon 1945-1946 17-16 .515
Joe Davis 1946-1949 31-46 .403
Don Suman 1949-1959 149-106 .584
John Frankie 1959-1963 39-54 .419
George Carlisle 1963-1966 18-53 .254
Don Knodel 1966-1974 76-127 .374
Bob Polk 1974-1977 17-63 .212
Mike Schuler 1977-1981 30-76 .283
Tommy Suitts 1981-1987 64-106 .376
Scott Thompson 1987-1992 65-79 .451
Willis Wilson 1992-2008 219-246 .471
Ben Braun 2008-2014 63-128 .330
Mike Rhoades 2014- 0-0 .000

NCAA Tournament results

The Owls have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 2–5.
Year Round Opponent Result
1940 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
L 44–50
W 60–56
1942 First Round
Regional Third Place Game
L 47–53
L 53–55
1954 Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Oklahoma A&M
L 45–51
W 78–55
1970 First Round New Mexico State L 77–101

NIT results

The Owls have appeared in five National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–6.
Year Round Opponent Result
1943 Quarterfinals St. John's L 49–51
1991 First Round Arkansas State L 71–78
1993 First Round
Second Round
Boston College
W 77–73
L 68–101
2004 Opening Round UW-Milwaukee L 53–91
2005 Opening Round Southwest Missouri State L 82–105

CIT results

The Owls have appeared in one Postseason Tournament. Their record is 2–1.
Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round
Second Round
W 68–63
W 74–68
L 70–77


Players of note

Tudor Fieldhouse, before the 2008 renovations.

Owls in the NBA

Former players

Retired jerseys

Rice University has retired six jerseys.


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External links

  • Official site
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