Rice is on the road Saturday at East Carolina.

Men's Basketball

Owls Begin Road Swing in Carolina

Feb. 3, 2012

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Rice will look for continued success on the road as the Owls begin a stretch in which they plays five of their next seven games away from Tudor Fieldhouse. Heading into Saturday's game at East Carolina, the Owls have won two of three conference road games.

Tip-off for Saturday's game is set for 5 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Central and will be broadcast by 1560 The Game (KGOW).

Rice has had previous success on the road in Greenville, N.C., including a 69-58 victory the last time the Owls played in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (Jan. 30, 2010). Rice is 2-2 against ECU in games played in Greenville.

The Owls have won their last two games and are coming off an exciting, 77-75 win over UTEP. Wednesday's game featured 26 lead changes and 10 ties. Julian DeBose's jumper with 0.2 seconds to play broke the final tie of the game and gave the Owls' their fourth conference victory.

Rice has a 13-10 overall record and is 4-4 in league play.

After losing its first six conference games, East Carolina has rebounded to win its last two contests including a 62-43 win over SMU earlier in the week.

Saturday's game pits C-USA's top two teams in terms of steals against one another. ECU leads the league, averaging 8.6 steals per game. Rice averages 8.0 steals an outing.

ECU junior guard Miguel Paul, a transfer from the University of Missouri, is averaging 16 oints per game to lead the Pirates in scoring and rank third in Conference USA.

Paul has converted 50-of-134 three-point attempts (.373) and his 2.4 treys per game ranks fourth in the conference. Paul's 2.3 assist/turnover ratio ranks second.

Senior Darrius Morrow is averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. Morrow shoots 55.6 percent from the field and has 31 blocks.

ECU began conference play by taking league-leader Southern Miss to the wire. The Pirates lost in Hattiesburg, Miss., 78-76.

Four of the Pirates six league losses have come against teams currently occupying the top four positions in Conference USA's standings

Arsalan Kazemi is coming off a 20-point, nine-rebound game against UTEP. Kazemi heads into the ECU game looking for his first double-double since mid-January. With his next double-double performance he will tie the Conference USA individual career record.

The Owls' freshman class has also contributed 20-point games in the team's last two wins.

In an 88-74 win over Tulane last Saturday, freshman forward Ahmad Ibrahim scored a career-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds, three blocks and a steal.

Earlier this week freshman guard Jarelle Reischel went 7-for-12 from the field, knocked down all three of his three-point attempts and finished with 20 points.

Over the last three games, sophomore center Omar Oraby has blocked a total of 10 shots and with 38 rejections for the year is chasing the school record of 45 set during the 2002-03 season by Yamar Diene.

Oraby is averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds for the year. He has raised his season numbers during a strong first half of conference play. The Cairo native is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. He is shooting 63.4 percent from the field and leads the Owls with a 21-for-27 performance at the line.

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