Jan 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Rice Owls guard Max Guercy (1) drives to the basket during the first half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Tudor Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte 49ers vs. Rice Owls: Three things you need to know


Jan 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Rice Owls head coach Ben Braun reacts from the sidelines during the second half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Tudor Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte 49ers should beat the Rice Owls tonight (8 ET) in Houston, right?

Rice is looking for its first Conference USA win and is in the midst of a eight-game losing streak. All signs point to a Niner victory–but we all know that games aren’t won on paper. Here’s three things you need to know about this evening’s contest in the Lone Star State:

–The Owls are 5-13 (0-5 C-USA) with their last win coming over a month ago–a 69-56 victory over Northwood (TX) of the NAIA. Keep this in mind, too: Northwood led 28-18 with three minutes left in the first half.
–Rice ranks at the bottom of several key stat departments. Their 64.2 points a game is last in the league; they’ve averaged just 58.8 points in their five C-USA games played thus far. They’re last in field goal percentage (40.2%), 12th in three-point percentage (32%), 13th in three-point defense (36.1%) and average just eight offensive rebounds a contest, last in the league.
–Leading the way for the Owls is Austin Ramljak and Sean Obi, averaging 12.4 and 11.8 points a game, respectively. In conference games only, Ramljak has averaged 12.6 an outing. Obi is just shy of averaging a double-double, the leading rebounder in the league with 9.6 per game (10.4 in C-USA play).

Bonus points: The Niners women’s team (9-9, 3-2) is hosting Rice at Halton Arena tonight at 7pm. The Owls are 10-8 (3-2) and are led by all-conference pick Jessica Kuster (averaging 19.9 and 14.0 a game, and probably the best player in the league not named Jerica Coley or Ebony Rowe).

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