HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – Ben Braun’s Owls are still playing basketball. That’s a big accomplishment when compared to last season or the season before. It’s March and that’s what good college basketball teams do; they play at least halfway into March if not all the way through to the Final Four.
That’s what the Owls are doing as they will face Oakland University Tuesday night in Rochester, Michigan. They are coming off a second round 74-68 win over Drake that has propelled them to the quarterfinal round of the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament.
The Owls also have an opportunity at a very first 20-win season with a win over the Golden Grizzlies. Braun’s Owls are 7-6 on the road this season, 1-0 in the post-season, the win coming at Louisiana-Lafayette. So, the possibility is there.
OTHER KEY FIRSTS
This is the first time in Rice Basketball team history that the program has won more than one postseason game. The Owls are now 19-15 and look towards winning a third straight postseason victory. But, time is of the essence with a Tuesday night game on the road following a Saturday night win at home, says Rice Head Basketball Coach, Ben Braun.
“We’ve been prepared the last couple of days. We did a good job against Drake – came back and split things. Now, we don’t have a lot of prep time. But, as I’ve said many times, this is the time of year where I think players would rather be playing than preparing or practicing. You want to play as many games as you can.”
Seem to be the case in how the Owls have been winning. Home or road games, this team just wants to continue playing – regardless.
”The short turnaround is what it is,” says Braun. “It’s pretty similar for all teams. Obviously, they have a home game. We have a road game – gives them an extra day. But, I think our team will be ready when we get to Michigan.”
MATCHING UP AGAINST OAKLAND
The Owls will have to be ready to play defense against one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Oakland is a very similar team to Rice in that they also have a 19-15 record. However, the Golden Grizzlies offense is potent as they average 79.9 points per game which ranks seventh in the nation.