Houston – City bragging rights are on the line tonight as the University of Houston takes on Rice inside Tudor Fieldhouse. The game tips at 7pm.
While the short five- mile drive from the UH campus to Rice's base on South Main, it is technically considered a road trip for the Cougars. Then again, they've done these short trips before.
"It's a 5- mile trip for us but remember not long ago before Fertitta Center opened, we had 19 two mile trips," said UH Head Coach Kelvin Sampson referencing UH's former temporary home at Texas Southern.
Tonight the Cougars look to bounce back from their stunning buzzer beating loss to BYU Friday while Rice looks to follow up with their big comeback win over UC-Santa Barbara over the weekend.
UH is 1-1. Lost at home to BYU on a buzzer beater last Friday.
Rice is 4-1. Rallied from 22 points down to beat UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday
UH leads Rice all-time 63-18. Cougars have won last five and six of the last seven matchups.
Rice's last win over UH: January 30, 2013 ( 79-69)
Freshman Caleb Mills and Jr. Forward Fabian White average 12 PPG
Sophomore Quentin Grimes (11.5 PPG) and Jr. DeJon Jarreau 10.5 PPG
Guard Trey Murphy leads Rice with 15.2 PPG
Ako Adams is averaging 9.8 PPG and 3.4 assists
WHAT'S AHEAD FOR UH
Friday at Oregon, 8pm
Tuesday, November 26 host HBU, 7pm
What's ahead for Rice
Friday at MIlwaukee, 1pm
December 7, at Lamar 2pm