After a hot start, Rice basketball hit a rough patch in the early portion of Conference USA play. Can the Owls rebound and finish strong?
Rice basketball head coach Scott Pera couldn’t have asked for much better than his team’s 9-3 start to the 2020-2021 season. The Owls surged through non-conference play, albeit against a relatively light slate, and started out C-USA action 3-1 with a road win at UTEP.
Since that win over UTEP, they’ve gone 1-4, beating Old Dominion at home before losing a rematch with the Monarchs then dropping both games at UAB and two more to North Texas. The underlying concerns for the losing streak can be traced back to a few key reasons, some within the Owls control, and some beyond.