Rice basketball started 2021 on the right foot with back-to-back wins. Where do the Owls stand as they enter the heart of Conference USA play?
There was no doubt the 2020-2021 season was going to be unique for Rice basketball. The non-conference slate was truncated and comprised entirely of teams who were either willing to come to South Main or a short bus ride away from campus. That included lower-level schools like Our Lady of the Lake and LeTourneau.
The Owls were expected to take care of business in the nonconference slate. For the most part, they did. Rice entered Conference USA action in January 6-2, their best record (by winning percentage) prior to conference play in head coach Scott Pera’s tenure. Then they started conference play a perfect 2-0 for the first time in 14 years.