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Men's basketball pushing for conference tournament bye

(02/21/17 4:10am)

Rice’s men’s basketball team is currently in the midst of one of its best-ever seasons. If the Owls can win one of their final four regular season games, they will have their most conference wins since joining Conference USA in 2005. Despite the success, the team still has work to do in the final weeks of the season. If Rice can finish in the top four of the regular season standings, it will earn a bye to the quarterfinals in the conference tournament. This past weekend, Rice split its two home contests, beating the University of Texas, San Antonio and falling to the University of Texas, El Paso.

The Final Kauntdown: Baseball provides reasons for optimism in season opening series

(02/21/17 4:09am)

Last week in the Thresher’s baseball insert, multiple Rice players said their goal this season is to qualify for the College World Series. After one series, the Owls’ record stands at 2-2. Despite the high expectations of the team heading into the season, the opening series was not a setback. Rather, the season-opening series revealed strong hitting from the bottom of the lineup and a deep pitching staff that can carry the Owls deep into the postseason.

Baseball preview: Experienced offense leads Owls into new season

(02/14/17 4:01am)

This season is unlike any we have seen in the past 20 years. For the first time since 1996, Rice baseball is not the defending conference champion. The 20-year streak of championships spanned three different conferences, included seven College World Series appearances and, of course, included the 2003 national championship. This year’s Owls, however, are not going to look back on the end of this streak. They are hoping to begin a new one.

Football adds 17 to 2017 recruiting class

(02/14/17 4:00am)

Although football season has only been over for about two months, the most important day of the offseason happened earlier this month. On Feb. 1, national signing day, Rice football signed 17 new student-athletes to its 2017 recruiting class to bolster a roster that went 3-9 last season. The class ranked 123rd nationally and 12th out of 14 in Conference USA according to 247sports, a prominent source of recruiting data.

Students go the distance in Houston Marathon

(01/24/17 4:19am)

While most students were relaxing over the Martin Luther King Day long weekend, some members of the Rice community were doing just the opposite. That Sunday, some Rice students competed in the 45th running of the Houston Marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance run through the streets of the city. A couple of the students earned top finishes and qualified for further marathons.

Rice Rising: Basketball teams off to hot starts

(11/29/16 6:08am)

Rice women’s basketball is off to a 3-2 start, its best start since the 2011-12 season. The Owls have three double digit wins including a 26 point blowout of Houston Baptist University. Their two losses have come to major conference foes Louisiana State University and Oklahoma State University, the first in a 66-55 loss and the second in a 65-51 loss. Junior guard Shani Rainey leads the team with 16 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Maya Hawkins is tops on the team with 22 assists in five games. The team is outscoring its opponents by five points per game and is allowing just 58 points per game. The Owls will look to improve on their hot start this weekend on the road in San Antonio against the University of the Incarnate Word.

Football falls to Stanford in final game but Bailiff will return next season

(11/29/16 7:21pm)

In a chilly rain in front of a sparse Stanford Stadium crowd, the Rice football team finished off a 3-9 season with a 41-17 loss to No. 24 Stanford University Saturday night. The loss ushers in an offseason that will spark numerous decisions regarding the coaching staff, though head coach David Bailiff will return to the Owls next year.

Baseball suspends games in Cuba after Castro's death

(11/29/16 5:57am)

Rice baseball opened its trip to Cuba with a shutout victory over professional team Artemisa. Less than 24 hours later, their plans drastically changed. Late Friday night, news broke that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died at age 90. The team, which embarked on a trip to the island nation last week, has suspended all of its scheduled games against teams from the Cuban Baseball Federation for the remainder of its journey.

Rally Owls: Football comes back from 21-0 deficit to earn first C-USA win

(11/15/16 4:32am)

Down 21-0 in the first half to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, it looked like the Rice University football team was headed to yet another blowout loss. This time, though, the Owls rallied. Rice scored the final 22 points of the game to claim a 22-21 victory over Charlotte for its first Conference USA win of the season.

The Final Kauntdown: Men's basketball lives up to preseason hype in season opener

(11/15/16 4:28am)

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. The Owls faced a team that competed for its conference championship last year and absolutely obliterated it. In doing so, Rice validated the preseason hype surrounding the team and gave reason to believe it can compete for the Conference USA title.

Balancing Act: Athletes detail difficulties of life at Rice

(11/02/16 4:05pm)

In the early hours of the weekdays, when most students are still asleep, Rice student-athletes are already training. Athletes arrive at the soccer field, track and football field or the pool as early as 7 a.m. and often return to do further conditioning after classes. Many athletes keep up this commitment for the duration of their time at Rice. Some, however, find the requirement too extreme. The grueling schedule, stressful culture and perceived lack of support from students can make the Rice athletic experience difficult and even harmful according to some athletes.

The Final Kauntdown: Big 12's expansion decision is Rice's worst case scenario

(10/25/16 4:21am)

Last week, the Big 12 finally made its decision regarding expansion. And no, Rice was not invited to join the conference. In fact, neither was the University of Houston. Or anyone. After months of speculation, presentations from at least 11 different schools and weeks of deliberation among the current conference members, the Big 12 ultimately decided not to expand.