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    November 3, 2014

    Defense Is Leading UH and Rice To Win After Win

    The Houston Cougars throttled USF 27-3 on Saturday. The Rice Owls demolished FIU, getting the 31-17 win. Both teams move to 5-3 on the season and both are 3-1 in their respective conferences. It was the third straight win for UH, the fifth straight for Rice. And both teams return home for key confer ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Rice Baskeball's Rejuvenated and Ready to Start Anew

    Mike Rhoades wants his players to embrace the unexpected. He wants them to rise to the challenge. That's how things worked at his former stop, Virginia Commonwealth, where he was assistant coach to Shaka Smart. And now that Rhoades is the man in charge of Rice Owls basketball, he's demanding the sam ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    The Rice Owls Are The Best Football Team In Houston

    The most entertaining football team in Houston is not the Houston Cougars. The most professional football team in Houston is not the Texans. The best prepared, and easily the most motivated, football team in Houston is the one that plays in Rice Stadium, the Rice Owls. Most of Houston ignores the O ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Say Hello (And Goodbye) to the George Mason Patriots, the Sacrificial Lambs of the Rice Regional

    When you're the fourth seed in a four-team regional, nothing but fodder for the bigger boys on their way to Omaha, it's not about winning the games. Winning the games would be awesome, but being huge underdogs in a strange ballpark far, far away from the home fans, it's about being competitive. Abou ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    Rice, UH Hope to Take the First Step to Winning NCAA Regionals

    The cliche is one game at a time. That nothing matters but for the current play, the next pitch. And for the Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars, nothing this weekend matters more than the one game being played. The Owls and Cougars are among the 64 teams partaking in the NCAA Regionals this weekend, ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Owls and Cougars Looking Good for Postseason Success

    The regular season's over for the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars baseball teams. Both teams are poised at or near the top of their conferences, riding hot streaks into their respective conference tournaments starting Wednesday. And if things go right this week, both teams are primed to host regionals ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Rice Baseball Trends Down, But UH Flies High

    Sunday morning starts with a chill. The air's heavy with fog and mist. There's not much of a crowd at Reckling Park, but none of this is stopping the Rice Owls and East Carolina Pirates from playing baseball. The Owls are up 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning when the skies open, stopping play fo ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Pomp and Circumstance

    Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.

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    October 7, 2013

    Yes, It's Early, But Seriously, UH and Rice Could Go Bowling

    This college football season is still early, but early though it might be, it's becoming increasingly evident that both the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars are going bowling. Each team still has some obstacles to overcome, but both teams are fast approaching the needed number of wins for bowl qualific ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Rice Kicker Chris Boswell Makes Viral Legend Bid With Crazy Onsides Kick

    If you know anything about the culture of a football team, then you know that the specialists (kicker, punter, long snapper) on any team, MOST of the time, are on a bit of an island. Hey, it's only natural, after all, most of them are the same size and body type (what up, Sebastian Janikowski?) as ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Are Rice Fans Too Smart For Their Own Good?

    A strange thing happened during the late innings of the C-USA baseball championship game. The Rice fans cheered. Not the polite hand clap saved for a departing pitcher. Not applause for scoring a run. The fans cheered, and they cheered loudly. But, not for the reasons you think. Goaded by visiting S ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    The Rice Owls Are Two Wins from the College World Series

    This is not the best baseball team that Wayne Graham's coached in his years at Rice. This isn't the best of the 19 straight Rice teams to advance into the NCAA postseason, or the best Owls team to go to its tenth Super Regional since 1999, the first year of the Super Regionals. And this team definit ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Rice's Road to Omaha Begins in Oregon

    It's just kind of another ho-hum season for Rice Owl baseball fans. The team won the regular season C-USA title, and the team once again won the C-USA conference tournament. For the 19th consecutive season, the 41-17 Owls are taking part in the NCAA postseason. It's all something to which Rice fans ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Rice Owls Win C-USA Tournament

    Rice's Keenan Cook connected on the fastball over the plate from Southern Miss's Nick Johnson. He took a step toward first base, then raised his fist high in the sky with jubilation as his shot landed in short center field. Ford Stainback sprinted home from third base and the Rice Owls were the vict ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Rice and UH Pitchers Do a Little Showing Off at C-USA Tourney

    The college baseball season is a marathon. It's nice to sprint out to a lead at the start, but the finishing kick at the end is just as important. And with seven games left in the Conference USA baseball tournament at Rice's Reckling Park, eight teams are kicking into full sprints. The most impress ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    ESPN's Keith Law's Goes for the Jugular, Calls Rice's Wayne Graham a Pitcher Killer

    Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Astros yesterday. This came after his disastrous relief performance against the Rangers on Saturday night. And with that the feel good story about the Rice pitching star coming back to Houston to rejuvenate his career is over. Humber, one of the ac ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Astros, Cougars, Owls and Problems with Starting Pitching

    It's always about the pitching. No matter how good the offense, no matter how good the defense, if the pitching lets down, a team will eventually start to lose. Because offenses will cool down and defenses will miss plays. But if the pitching is solid, a team can overcome the other deficiencies. Th ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    Who Needs The Astros When You Have The Cougars And Owls?

    Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is tired of fan complaints about the crappiness of the Houston Astros. Give him $10 million and he'll gladly listen, but otherwise, just pay the team's highly inflated prices for Opening Day and shut up. It's not a very fan-friendly approach to take, especially when he ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Cougars And Owls Finish Very Disappointing Basketball Seasons

    March Madness begins on Tuesday and gets into full swing on Thursday. And for the first time in probably forever (technically 1977), not one single Texas college was invited to play in the NCAA Tournament. No UT. No A&M. No Baylor. No Rice, UH, Sam Houston State, or SFA. Not one. But not all hope ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Foul Balls, Philosophy and Baseball Gods: Notes from the Houston College Classic

    Six teams. Three days. Nine games. Seventy-one innings, give or take a couple here and there. So was The Astros Foundation 2013 College Classic. And after sitting through all nine games and three days, it's safe to say that this weekend was anything but a classic of college baseball. Most of the ga ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Stanford's Mark Appel Gets the Attention, But Rice Pitchers Get the Wins

    Stanford's Mark Appel was the focus of Friday's pre-Rice/Stanford season opening talk. But while Appel showed some of the electric stuff that made him the number one choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, his thunder was stolen by the performance of the Rice Owls pitching staff. The Owls def ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Depleted Owls Stun Cougars

    The Rice Owls defeating the Houston Cougars 79-69 on Wednesday night wasn't surprising. Or rather, it shouldn't have been surprising. Not to anybody who has actually watched both teams play this season. The Cougars are the more talented team. They're more athletic. They have speed, size, and length ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Play The Game of "What If?"

    The story is not that the Memphis Tigers defeated the Rice Owls 77-51 on Wednesday night. That was to be expected. The story's not that Rice struggled shooting the ball. That's a season-long pattern. The story's not really about the game the two teams played on Wednesday night. The story's more ab ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Yes, The Rice Owls Will Play Basketball This Season

    Ben Braun's tone is weary. His expression is resigned. His body language is tired. He's aware of the questions that he's about to face in the long day ahead of him, and he knows that if he's ever going to get a chance to talk about the future, he's going to have to first talk about the past. Braun, ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    What The Hell's Going On With Rice Basketball? Their Best Players, Connected To Former Coach Marco Morcos, Leaving In Droves

    Just what is going on with the Rice Owls men's basketball team? It was supposedly a program on the rise the last time they played a game in Houston. But since that time, only about six months, the team has become not only a national laughingstock, but also the poster child of an issue known as up-tr ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    Are You Ready For Some Football? Well, The Rice Owls Sure Weren't

    Stop me if you've heard this before. Rice beating Rice. The little mistakes leading to big plays. The Owls thought they could win the game. Then stop me if you've heard this before. The Owls come out slow, fall behind by a huge amount, rally, then fall way short in defeat. The college football seas ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Owls Vow This Season Will Be Different, But They've Said That Before

    The Rice Owls kick off the 2012 college football season on Thursday, August 30 when they host the UCLA Bruins. The Owls are excited, the coach is the excited. And they want the fans to be excited. Rice fans being excited about football isn't a common occurrence because it's rare that the Owls give ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Owls Coach Wayne Graham Reflects On His Career, Baseball and Lance Berkman

    Rice Owls head coach Wayne Graham has been a college baseball coach since 1981. He coached San Jacinto from 1981 through 1991, then he took over the Rice program. In all of that time, he's never had a losing record. He was a five-time national coach of the year while heading up the San Jac squad, an ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Tyler Duffey, J.T. Chargois: The Minnesota Twins Hope The Rice Owls Can Save Them

    It's been a tough month or so for Rice Owls pitcher Tyler Duffey. There's the disappointment that comes from the way the season ended, losing in the conference tournament and not making it past the NCAA Regionals this past weekend. And nothing can compare to what happened in late August when his mot ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    The Owls Can Forget About Omaha for Another Year

    The Rice Owls last advanced to Omaha and the College World Series in 2008. They last made the Super Regional in 2009. And after yesterday's 4-1 loss to Sam Houston State, it will be at least another year before the Owls can talk about going to Omaha for the College World Series. It's often said the ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Owls Baseball Fighting the Expectations

    The expectations for the Rice Owls baseball team are a bit different than the expectations for the rest of Rice Owls sports. Whereas the alumni want the football team to win, they expect the baseball team to win. Whereas they just want the basketball teams to make any tournament, the baseball team's ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Rice Continues Dominating The Cougars in Baseball

    It'd been 11 years since the Houston Cougars baseball team won the Silver Glove series against the Rice Owls. And coming into Friday's game, the Owls had won 16 straight games against the Cougars. The Cougars can now actually say they've won a game against the Owls, but it's now 12 years since the C ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Hey, Rice Owls Fans, Do You Even Know You Have a Basketball Team?

    The College Postseason Tournament (CIT) is just another of college basketball's postseason alphabet tournaments -- see also the NIT and the CBI. But the Rice Owls are playing in the CIT, and it's the first time the team's made a men's postseason basketball tournament since 2005. It's ju ... More >>

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    March 5, 2012

    Arsalan Kazemi Chases Refs, Shoves Security Guard: Chaos Reigns Supreme As Coogs Stun Owls

    The Rice Owls didn't just lose a basketball game on Saturday night. They lost a home game by the score of 76-75. They lost to their crosstown rivals, the Houston Cougars (15-14, 7-9 in conference). They lost while having a one-point lead and the ball with 5.2 seconds left and the Cougars having no t ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Cougars Ending Hoops Season On A High Note

    It's been a tough season for senior Houston shooting guard Darian Thibodeaux. The team's been a disappointment. And coming into Wednesday's home finale against the Tulane Green Wave, he'd been mired in a slump that saw him having gone six games without hitting a field goal while having missed his la ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Rice Owls Reach the Rarified Air of Basketball Success

    Something a little magical happened at Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday night. Something that basketball fans don't see too often. Something Rice fans have never seen. It wasn't just that the Owls (16-12, 7-6 in conference) came back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat the UCF Knights ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Owls Stage the Comeback and Stun the Coogs in Game That Epitomized Both Teams

    The Houston Cougars dashed off to a 13-0 lead against the Rice Owls on Wednesday night. The offense worked to perfection. There was some decent defense being played. But as the teams went into a timeout only 7:45 into the game, one couldn't help but sense doom hanging over the Hofheinz Pavilion cour ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Owls and Coogs Disappointing Basketball Fans, Dammit

    These guys are turrible!​The Rice Owls (11-8, 2-2) lost a basketball game they should have won on Wednesday night. The Houston Cougars (9-9, 1-4) were blown out yet again. It's turning into another disappointing men's basketball season in Houston, Texas. It's not supposed to have been this ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Rice Thunders Past Marshall, Sweeps the Herd

    John RoyalRice pitcher Austin Kubitza with another dominating performance on Friday.​The Final Four dominated the attention of the sports media this weekend, rightly or wrongly. But while that whole NCAA exercise, especially UConn and Kentucky, was making a mockery of the concept of amateur a ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Owls Baseball Falling Prey To Injuries

    John RoyalMichael Ratterree makes the throw to first for an early out on Saturday​The Rice Owls are not in a good place. One could sense that on Saturday afternoon when the Owls took the field only to find that day's scheduled DH, Shane Hoelscher, taking throws at third base instead of Anthon ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Owls Soar Over The Cougars And Continue To Dominate Cross-Town Series

    John RoyalHouston Cougar Ryan Still leaps high for an overthrown ball on a first inning Rice sacrifice bunt​The Houston Cougars (11-11) grabbed the 1-0 lead from the Rice Owls (15-9) in the top of the first inning last night. The Owls scored two runs in the bottom of the first, and the game w ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Owls Baseball: Pitching Is A Beautiful Thing

    John RoyalShortstop Derek Hamilton charges in to make the play on Saturday afternoon​It's been a tough season for the Rice Owls baseball squad - far tougher than they bargained for. Anthony Rendon has spent much of the season at DH because of shoulder issues. Outfielder Michael Fuda has been ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Houston and Rice Pray for a Miracle As C-USA Tournament Starts Today

    John RoyalHouston Cougars coach James Dickey​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls men's basketball teams take to the court again today. Possibly for the last time. Possibly for the start of a miracle run. And while the Owls eagerly look for such a run to happen, using the Cougars of last year ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Owls Soar and Coogs Plunge As the Regular Season Ends

    John RoyalThe Cougars and Owls tip off to begin Saturday's game​Maurice McNeil made a lay-up 34 seconds into Houston's Saturday game against the Rice Owls. This shot put the Cougars up 2-0. The Cougars never again led in the game, and except for one brief shining moment when they tied the ga ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Looking Back at This Weekend's Houston College Classic

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree slides across the plate to score a run yesterday against Baylor​The 11th Houston College Classic was played at Minute Maid Park this weekend, and though it's only March, it's probably safe to say that the best baseball to be played in Minute Maid Park this se ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Rice Basketball: Farce? Fiasco? Either Way, the Owls Lose Another

    John RoyalThe malfunctioning shot clock displays Rice's chances of advancing to the NCAA Tournament​What if they played a basketball game and nobody cared? What if it was senior night, but the school was on spring break and not even the band or cheerleaders could be bothered to make even a to ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Basketball: Owls Lose a Heartbreaker While Coogs Appear to Give Up

    John RoyalRice's Arsalan Kazemi battles for position under the Rice basket​No coach wants to have to draw up a play with 2.3 seconds left that, if it works, merely ties the score and sends the game to overtime. But such was the position Rice Owls coach Ben Braun was in last night, his Owls do ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    College Baseball: Rice Sweeps the Trojans While UH Struggles Against the Rebs

    John RoyalRice's Michael Ratterree tags out USC's Matt Foat trying to advance on a sac fly​In the first weekend of the college baseball season, it was the Houston Cougars pulling off the home sweep of UT-Arlington while the Rice Owls were losing two of three to visiting Stanford. The competit ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    UH and Rice Attempt to Salvage Their Seasons This Weekend

    John RoyalMaurice McNeil hopes to lead the Cougars out to three more wins​The Houston Cougars and Rice Owls looked to be moving in different directions as the men's basketball season got underway. The Cougars had a new head coach, James Dickey, who hadn't been a head coach since the 1990s. T ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Cougars and Owls: Hey, What Do You Know? At Least Some Houston Teams Can Win Baseball Games

    John RoyalHouston's Caleb Ramsey knocks a first-inning two-run triple on Friday night​The expectations for the Houston Cougars baseball team are almost nonexistent. Hustle. Stay competitive. Aim toward being better next season. The expectations for the Rice Owls are high. Win Conference U ... More >>

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