Jan. 3, 2012
Rice Game Notes
Guaranteed its second straight winning record through nonconference play, Rice will look to gain momentum heading into the Conference USA schedule when the Owls close out the first half of the season Wednesday at TCU. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and the game will be broadcast by 1560 The Game (KGOW).
Wednesday's game will also be televised by The Mountain, the Mountain West Conference's television partner, which is available in select regions as well as on DIRECTV channel 616.
At 9-5, a victory against TCU, would give Rice 10 nonconference wins for the first time since the 1991-92 season when the Owls posted a 12-4, regular-season record in nonconference play.
The Owls are coming off a 73-59 loss at Texas on New Year's Eve, snapping a two-game winning streak which began with a 65-58 win over Texas A&M. Rice shot a season-low 30 percent from the field and was outrebounded by the Longhorns 37-27.
In the loss to Texas, Rice junior guard Tamir Jackson scored 19 points to raise his season average to 14.1 points an outing. Junior forward Arsalan Kazemi posted his 38th career double-double, 11th of the season and seventh straight, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. For the year, Kazemi is now averaging 13.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
Both Jackson and Kazemi head into Wednesday's game having scored 975 points apiece in their careers at Rice and on the cusp of joining senior guard Connor Frizzelle who scored his 1,000th point earlier this season.
Frizzelle, who is averaging 9.1 points for the year, has scored 1,040 points for his career.
Like Rice, TCU is coming off a New Year's Eve loss. The Horned Frogs battled back from a double-digit deficit against Tulsa before losing 74-66. After trailing by as many as 12 points early in the second half, TCU had a lead in the second period and the score was tied with just under two minutes to play before Tulsa scored the game's final eight points including six straight free throws.
TCU will be playing its third Conference USA opponent of the season on Wednesday. In addition to last week's loss to Tulsa, the Horned Frogs won at Houston, 81-80, earlier in the year.
Senior guard Hank Thorns is averaging 12.7 points to lead TCU. Thorns also has 59 assists and 21 steals.
Junior forward Garlon Green averages 11.9 points while senior guard J.R. Cadot averages 10.2 points and leads the team with a 7.4 rebounding average.
TCU had won four straight games, culminating with a 75-69 win over Texas Tech before dropping three of its last four heading into Wednesday's game.
Following Wednesday's game, the Horned Frogs do not play against until Jan. 11 when they play host to Texas-Pan American. The Frogs open play in the Mountain West Conference Jan. 14 at Colorado State.