Rice Owls basketball

Rice Owls basketball history

Rice University (Houston, TX)
Tudor Fieldhouse
Conference USA (C-USA)

Current head coach: Scott Pera (2017-)

  • Asst: Van Green (2018-)
  • Asst: Greg Howell (2021-)
  • Asst: Russ Pennell (2022-)
  • DBO: Matt Richardson (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  1  (1954)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  4  (1940, 1942, 1954, 1970)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  2-5
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1943, 1991, 1993, 2004, 2005)
  • NIT Overall Record:  1-6
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2017)
  • CBI Overall Record:  1-1
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2012)
  • CIT Overall Record:  2-1

Conference Titles (Southwest, WAC, Conference USA):

Award Winners:




Rice head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Scott Pera 2017-Pres 66-89 0 0 0
Mike Rhoades 2014-17 47-52 0 0 0
Ben Braun 2008-14 63-128 0 0 0
Willis Wilson 1992-2008 218-247 0 0 0
Scott Thompson 1987-92 65-79 0 0 0
Greg Walcavich (int.) 1987 1-7 0 0 0
Tommy Suitts 1981-87 63-99 0 0 0
Mike Schuler 1977-81 30-76 0 0 0
Bob Polk 1974-77 17-63 0 0 0
Don Knodel 1966-74 77-126 1 1 0
George Carlisle 1963-66 18-53 0 0 0
John Frankie 1959-63 39-54 0 0 0
Don Suman 1949-59 132-105 1 1 0
Joe Davis 1942-45, 46-49 82-47 4 0 0
Buster Brannon 1938-42, 45-46 85-37 2 2 0
Jimmy Kitts 1932-38 58-56 1
Russell Daugherty 1927-32 25-46 0
Franklyn Ashcraft 1923-24, 25-27 4-39 0
John P. Nicholson 1924-25 2-12 0
Phil Arbuckle 1922-23 10-9 0
Howard F. Yerges 1921-22 2-12 0
Pete Cawthon 1920-21 5-10 0
Leslie Mann 1919-20 6-6 0
Wilbur Tisdale 1917-19 14-14 1
Robert Cummings 1914-17 30-11 0

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA. 

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