|Houston||J Young 16.8||T Thomas 9.9||J Thompson 3.5|
|Rice||T Jackson 16.2||T Jackson 6.1||M Guercy 2.4|
On Wednesday, Houston visits Tutor Fieldhouse to take on Rice. Tip-off is at 8:00 EST. The Cougars are 5-3 against the Owls over the last four years. The last time they met (3/3/2012) they won 76-75.
Rice is in 11th place in the C-USA and just behind 9th place Houston with a chance to catch up.
In a 66-61 win over UAB on January 26th, TaShawn Thomas put up 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Cougars. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 9.9 rebounds per game, 2.1 blocks per game, and 1.2 steals per game. The Owls were defeated by Tulane 73-66 on January 26th despite 23 points and 7 rebounds from Seth Gearhart. He is averaging 7.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 0.5 blocks per game.
In terms of team stats, Houston has an advantage in two key areas. The Cougars have the upper hand over the Owls in rebounding, 39 per game to 24 per game. Additionally, Houston has the advantage over Rice in scoring, 76 points per game to 59 points per game.
- TaShawn Thomas is ranked 8th in C-USA in points, 29th nationally in rebounds, and 2nd in C-USA in blocks.
- How does our back look? Houston is ranked higher than Rice in C-USA (#9 vs #11).
- Houston has a more potent offense, scoring more points (76.9 per game vs 59.9 per game) than Rice this season.
- Be afraid. Houston has blown out more teams than Rice this season (5 blowouts vs 1).
- Houston is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Houston is 76.1 inches compared to 74.8 inches for Rice.
- Joseph Young is ranked 7th in C-USA in points and 8th in C-USA in three-pointers.
- J.J. Thompson is ranked 9th in C-USA in assists.
- The Houston blocks leader (TaShawn Thomas) has more blocks than the Rice blocks leader (Seth Gearhart).
- We just win. Houston has more wins over the last 5 years than Rice (104 vs 58).
- At least you keep showing up. Houston has an average margin of victory of 10 over Rice in 40 wins since 1980.
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Houston has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Rice (3 vs 0).