Rice basketball heads north to Virginia for one of their most challenging road games of the season. How to the Owls stack up against Old Dominion?
Coming off their first road win in conference play, Rice will be tasked with earning their first road winning streak on Saturday against Old Dominion. The Monarchs are one of the hottest teams in Conference USA right now, but the Owls have played them close in recent years. Rice and Old Dominion went to overtime last year and the Owls’ lone head-to-head win came at Ted Constant Convocation Center in 2015.
The game is scheduled for TV broadcast on ESPN+. Radio is available via the Stretch Internet Portal.
Old Dominion 17-6 (7-3), Last 5 (4-1)
- W, 72-61 vs North Texas
- L, 74-73 @ UTSA
- W, 50-48 @ UTEP
- W, 76-70 vs Charlotte
- W, 78-60 vs Southern Miss
Rice 9-13 (4-5), Last 5 (2-3)
- W, 65-61 vs Charlotte
- L, 89-86 vs UAB
- W, 79-68 vs MTSU
- L, 76-75 @ North Texas
- L, 65-64 @ UTEP
Old Dominion players to watch
BJ. Stith and Ahmad Caver could be one of the best scoring tandems in Conference USA. Collectively the pair averages 35.0 points per game while also accounting for 13.4 rebounds. As they lead the charge, the rest of the unit fills in with superb defense. The Monarchs allow a CUSA-best 61.4 points per game and are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 5.7 boards per game. Smith is sixth in the conference, averaging 7.7 rebounds.
Rice keys to victory
Old Dominion has lost only one home game this season, falling by three points to a tough Marshall team who’s hovered around the top of the Conference USA standings all season. In that game Marshall did two things extremely well: share the basketball and play fundamentally sound basketball.
If Rice is going to knock off Old Dominion, they’ll need to limit their turnovers. They’ve averaged 13.8 turnovers over their last five games and have a -3.44 turnover margin in conference play. The ODU defense is stiff enough without doing them any additional favors. Rice needs to play smart and take care of the basketball. If they can do that, they have more than enough firepower to pull off the upset.
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