With four returning starters, two key players returning from injury and a host of talented freshmen, head coach Mike Rhoades and the Rice men's basketball team enter the 2016-17 season with heightened expectations.Rhoades said he hopes to build on a 2015-16 campaign that saw the Owls notch a 12-20 record, including a 7-11 record in Conference-USA.
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Senior linebacker Alex Lyons started playing football at only six years old. Now, as a seasoned veteran for the Rice football team, Lyons is a preseason All-Conference USA selection and pivotal leader in the Owls' defense.Through five games in the 2016 season, Lyons has already registered 40 tackles, on pace for a career-high.
On Friday night, Rice Stadium will be rocking. In Rice’s first home game of the season, the Owls will take on No. 21 Baylor University in a primetime game on ESPN.