Rice (17-14) hopes to break their losing ways in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament and make a run at a NCAA Tournament bid by advancing past East Carolina (14-15) and pulling a second round upset of No. 2 seed Southern Miss, considered a Tournament lock. The Pirates enter the tournament with just a 5-11 conference record, but with two back-to-back wins over Marshall and Tulane.
Rice junior forward Arsalan Kazemi is one of two players in C-USA to average a double-double this season and heads into this week's conference tournament averaging 12.5 points and 10.3 rebounds.
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Date / Time: Wednesday, March 7, Noon CT
Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Radio: Rice Owls Radio Network
Streaming: CBS Sports (subscription)
Line: Rice (-1.5)
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