It’s just not the same this year. As the calendar turns past Beer Bike, normally the focus of Rice fans turns from the end of basketball season to the heart of the baseball season.
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One moment, Rice men’s basketball was celebrating its best season in over a decade. The next, it was lost.
When the baseball season began, Rice understandably had high expectations. The Owls have reached the NCAA tournament in 22 consecutive seasons and finished one run shy of the conference title last year.
After Rice men’s basketball’s 88-81 upset win over Louisiana Tech University, head coach Mike Rhoades, smiling ear to ear, lifted his daughter up in a bear hug and spun her around.
Last week in the Thresher’s baseball insert, multiple Rice players said their goal this season is to qualify for the College World Series.
Rice men’s basketball entered 2017 with a chance to open a new chapter in the program’s history.
I know it’s early, but wow. What Rice men’s basketball did to James Madison University on Sunday afternoon was nothing short of spectacular.
Last week, the Big 12 finally made its decision regarding expansion. And no, Rice was not invited to join the conference.
Listen, I know. It’s not fun to read the sports section right now. Was it ever? I don’t know.
For the first time in years, Rice sports are in the national spotlight. The Big 12 Conference is looking to add two more institutions, and Rice is one of 11 universities being considered for membership.
The flag in left field flies every night; its end beginning to fray. The words on its bright white background — “2003 National Champions” — commemorate the greatest achievement in the history of Rice Athletics.
At the beginning of the season, the Rice baseball team looked like it was destined for an unspectacular year.
This weekend, the biggest college sporting event in the country was held just down the street from our school.
I have often heard it said that Rice is not a “sports school.” Supposedly, Rice is a place where students value academics while the athletic program operates in the background, quietly raising money for the school while students toil away in Fondren.
The Rice baseball team entered the season with the hopes of reaching the College World Series. With a strong pitching rotation including All-American senior Blake Fox and a lineup featuring returning stars such as junior outfielders Charlie Warren and Dayne Wunderlich, the Owls appeared poised for a great season.
If you’re reading this it’s too late: You are already invested in Rice sports, and there is no need for me to convince you that they are worth your time.
As we approach the end of the basketball season, there is little interest surrounding both the men’s and women’s teams.
Recruiting students is not a problem for Rice University. Rice is one of the top academic institutions in the nation and boasts some of the best resources and facilities of any school in the country.