Rice Owls (7-2) Play Host to Lamar Saturday in Men’s BB
Following back-to-back, double-digit wins over non-Division I opponents, Rice University’s schedule becomes significantly more challenging Saturday as the Owls play host to Lamar. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast by 1560 The Game (KGOW) while video will be streamed through RiceOwls.com and Rice All-Access.
Both teams are riding three-game winning streaks. Lamar (7-3) has won six of its last seven with its lone loss during the stretch a 77-72 setback at TCU in late November.
Rice (7-2) came back from a 10-day break for finals to beat Division III member Louisiana College 109-51 on Thursday in its last outing. The game marked the fourth-most points scored by a Rice team and the 58-point win tied for the third-biggest margin of victory by the Owls.
Lamar has registered double-figure victories in its last three games and is coming off an 88-59 win over Huston-Tillotson on Thursday.
Senior guard Anthony Miles is scoring a team-best 15.8 points per game and leads Lamar with 41 assists.
Senior guards Mike James (12.1 ppg) and Devon Lamb (11.8) along with senior forward Charlie Harper (10.5) are all averaging double-figure scoring. Lamb also leads the team with an 8.6 rebounding average while Harper is averaging 8.1 boards a contest.
Through 10 games, Lamar has blocked 55 shots. The Cardinals’ 6-11 sophomore Osas Ebomwonyi has 25 blocks. LU opponents are shooting 38.3 percent from the field.
Both Lamar and Rice are 7-0 when outrebounding their opponents this season.
The two schools have played one another each of the past five seasons and the winning team has had at least a +8 rebounding advantage in each game.
Rice outrebounded the Cardinals 35-27 in last year’s 75-73 win. Prior to that, Lamar outrebounded the Owls by double figures in each contest of a three-game winning streak dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Rice has outrebounded its opponents this year by a +10.7 margin and began the week ranked 12th nationally in rebound margin. Lamar has a +8.1 rebounding margin.
Rice junior forward Arsalan Kazemi is coming off a season-high game against Louisiana College. He scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the win. His performance included a 12-for-12 shooting night at the free throw line. He also had four steals and three assists.
With the Louisiana College game, Kazemi raised his season numbers to 13.5 points and 12.4 rebounds. He entered the week ranked third nationally in rebounding (11.9 rpg at the time).
Also heading into Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, Rice senior guard Connor Frizzelle is on the cusp of becoming the 29th player in Rice history to score 1,000 career points.
Following an 11-point game against Louisiana College, the Red Oak, Texas, native has now scored 992 points.
Frizzelle is averaging 8.9 points per game.
Kazemi and junior guard Tamir Jackson are also on track to score their 1,000th career points later in the season. Jackson is averaging 13.2 points per game and leads the Owls with 28 assists this year.
Following Saturday’s game, Rice will close out its current home stand with its third game in six days on Monday when the Owls play host to Temple. Tip-off for Monday’s game is set for 8 p.m.