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2017-18 basketball schedule updates
The whole schedule won't come out for awhile but we may see some occasional updates here and there. We knew already we're playing in a tournament at Las Vegas (against UNLV in the first game, and either Utah or Ole Miss I think in the second game)?

I also see now we're playing another game at New Mexico next season on December 19th (too bad Egor Koulechov isn't still around - he has a nice history of games at the Pit). They should call the game the Defection Bowl. I think both teams had six players transfer from the program during the off-season.
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I don't know about UNM, but here at Rice we don't rebuild, we reload.

Let's do this...
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Rice women will play at Kansas the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26th). That's a good game - decent opponent but one that is winnable too. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kansas here at Tudor the year after that as they'll have a senior from Houston that season. It probably also stands to reason that we'll play another road game that weekend leading up to the Kansas game?
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Men play at UTA November 29th. They were 27-9 last year and return their best player. Men's NC schedule is already shaping up to be harder than I'd like to see.
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Seems like nothing but crapola for our home sched if we haven't heard anything yet...
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Mid-Major Madness has us playing SFA at some point, assumedly at their place. They should be much improved from last year.
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To be honest I am more excited about WBB then MBB.
(07-11-2017 12:00 AM)elw4796 Wrote:  Mid-Major Madness has us playing SFA at some point, assumedly at their place. They should be much improved from last year.
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(07-11-2017 12:00 AM)elw4796 Wrote:  Mid-Major Madness has us playing SFA at some point, assumedly at their place. They should be much improved from last year.

Here's a link to the story:
https://www.midmajormadness.com/2017/7/1...kota-state

Quote:Stephen F. Austin will visit Mississippi State and host North Dakota State next season, a source told Mid-Major Madness.

Those are just two more games in what appears to be a challenging non-conference schedule that Kyle Keller and his staff have devised. Those matchups join already-reported dates at Louisiana Tech (Dec. 6), LSU (Dec. 16), and Missouri (Dec. 19) next season. ...

Mid-Major Madness has also learned that Florida A&M will visit Nacogdoches on Nov. 27, in what should be a welcome cupcake in a tough schedule. ... That can be excused, however, knowing that Louisiana Tech, Rice, North Dakota State, and three Power 5 schools are all on the schedule.
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Full Schedule: http://www.riceowls.com/sports/m-baskbl/...17aab.html

Las Vegas games are vs UNLV and Ole Miss/Utah. OOC home games include Eastern Kentucky, Georgia State, UTRGV, St. Thomas, St. Edward's, and Texas State.
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Only FOUR (4) home non-conference games against D1 opponents:

(Last season's final Pomeroy ranking in parentheses)

Eastern Kentucky (272)
Georgia State (131)
UTRGV (300)
Texas State (174)

Undoubtedly, phones are ringing off the hook, with fans ordering season tickets.
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(07-12-2017 12:22 PM)dragon2owl Wrote:  Full Schedule: http://www.riceowls.com/sports/m-baskbl/...17aab.html

Here are the OOC games, and our opponents' last season Pomeroy ratings (or record for the 3 non-D-I schools):

Wayland Baptist (NAIA/Sooner Athletic Conference - 18-13)
Eastern Kentucky (272)
Georgia State (131)
@Northwestern St. (293)
@UNLV (248)
@Ole Miss (74) / Utah (47)
St. Thomas (NAIA/Red River Athletic Conference - 13-17)
@UT-Arlington (75)
UT-Rio Grande Valley (300)
@Stephen F. Austin (233)
St. Edward's (D-II/Heartland Conference - 17-15)
@Texas Tech (41)
@New Mexico (119)
Texas State (174)

Average KenPom rating of D-1 opponents: 177 (using 60 as average of Miss & Utah)

Average KenPom rating of our four D-1 home games: 219
Average KenPom rating of our seven D-1 away games: 153

Rice's 2016-17 final KenPom rating: 155
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Boring schedule, but what can you do
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(07-12-2017 02:32 PM)07owl Wrote:  Boring schedule, but what can you do

Try scheduling Houston, HBU, TSU and/or Prairie View. At least there would be a few more people in the stands. Houston doesn't even have a home arena this season, and Rice still couldn't get them to Tudor.
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The basketball might not be the best, but our three non-D-I men's basketball home games could feature some dynamic mascot action:

1) November 4: While the Wayland Baptist women's basketball team still use their historic "Flying Queens" nickname, the men are called the Pioneers. The latest "Pioneer Pete" mascot debuted in 2014.

[Image: DSC_0009.JPG]
(Wayland's current Pioneer Pete stands between his two predecessors. The first Pioneer Pete was introduced in 1969.)

This will be the fourth time Rice has hosted Wayland Baptist's men's basketball team. We won the others 81-62 (1974), 81-62 (1976) and 99-67 (1978). (The last game is not shown in Rice's basketball factbook. I got the score from the Jan 11, 1979, Thresher, page 10).

2) November 25: Last month was the 10th anniversary of St. Thomas Celts' use of a Lion in its university logo and mascot.

[Image: University_of_St._Thomas_Houston_TX.jpg]

UST students, faculty and staff chose the lion, adapted from the Scottish royal coat of arms, over a Celtic helmet and Irish wolfhound. (St. Thomas' previous sports-team monikers were the Saints, Warriors and Fightin' Celts.)

[Image: lenny_2.jpg]

UST's mascot, Lenny the Lion, debuted in 2009. (The original Lenny the Lion is now International Admissions Counselor at UH.)

Since their first meeting in 2010, Rice has a 6-1 record vs. St. Thomas.

3) December 14: The St. Edward's athletic nickname is the Hilltoppers, so of course they have a mountain goat named Topper as its mascot:

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(Aside: St. Edward's had surely gotten little useful mascot guidance from our own CUSA Hilltoppers:
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Topper has been quite a success, however. In 2014, for example, he made the Final Four in the 2014 Catholic Mascotology competition before being nosed out -- 50.2% - 49.8% -- by the ultimate winner, the St. Mary's Mountaineer.

[Image: 04-CatholicMascotology2014-day4-small.jpg]

Rice is undefeated in five games against St. Edwards, which were played in 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
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Everything I've heard says that Houston is the one avoiding us and not the other way around.
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(07-12-2017 02:32 PM)07owl Wrote:  Boring schedule, but what can you do

Was really hoping to see UT, UH, and/or VCU on the schedule. I guess maybe hopes of a UT game died when Rhoades left? UH doesn't seem to want to play Rice in basketball, but I can't imagine why that would be the case. And apparently a VCU game was not part of Rhoades' buyout?

Hopefully another 20-win season (even against a boring schedule) can start getting Rice a few more interesting opponents. Kind of surprising (to me at least) that Rice has more interesting OOC football opponents than basketball opponents.
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I think this years schedule is more difficult then last year and we are playing more Div 1 teams. The schedule last year was laughable.
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Getting FIU/FAU twice helps us out. Outside of USM (who we only play once) and UTEP (twice), we pretty much get to play the weakest teams in conference twice, and only have to play the best teams once.
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profoundly embarrassing schedule
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(07-13-2017 01:24 PM)MemOwl Wrote:  profoundly embarrassing HOME schedule

FIFY
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