How to watch Texas basketball vs. Rice: TV, stream

Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Tyrese Hunter, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

The last of three consecutive home games to tip off the 2023-24 regular season for No. 19 Texas basketball is on Nov. 15 at the Moody Center in Austin against the Rice Owls. Texas is heavily favored to win its third straight game to open the campaign in the Salute to Service/Jorts Night at the Moody Center.

Head coach Rodney Terry and the Longhorns have been building confidence and chemistry in the last two games to open the 2023-24 season with two convincing double-digit wins at home. Texas opened the season with an 88-56 win over the Incarnate Word Cardinals on Nov. 6.

The Longhorns reeled in their second straight 20+ point win early this season with an 86-59 victory over the Delaware State Hornets on Nov. 10. Texas was dominant down the stretch in the second half against Delaware State after a relatively slow start to the first half.

Texas enters this matchup against Rice on Nov. 15 with a record of 2-0 (0-0 Big 12).

Rice is 1-1 (0-0 AAC) after an 89-76 loss to the Harvard Crimson at home on Nov. 10. Head coach Scott Pera and the Owls opened the season with an easy 101-57 over St. Thomas (TX) at home on Nov. 7.

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as No. 18 Texas hosts Rice at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Nov.

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TV/Stream: Longhorn Network/ESPN App

Radio/Audio Stream: Longhorn Radio Network, Sirius XM 84

Game time: 8 p.m. CT

Live stats: Sidearm Stats

The Texas-Rice game on Nov. 15 will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network. Lowell Galindo and Bruce Bowen will call the game live on LHN.

You can see how to watch Longhorn Network and which TV/subscription packages offer the channel here.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran will call the game on the radio broadcast on Longhorn Radio Network.

Texas is 87-27 all-time against Rice in men’s basketball. The Longhorns and Owls are old Southwest Conference rivals, encompassing many of the over 110 meetings between these two teams in their program’s histories.

The last time these two teams met was last season, which resulted in a close 87-81 overtime win for the Longhorns.

Texas basketball vs. Rice: Prediction and odds for Nov. 15

So far, Rice is the best team Texas has faced in the non-conference slate. After being favored by over 30 points in each of its first two games this season, Texas is a 20.5-point favorite against Rice (per Caesars Sportsbook). And the over/under is 156.5 points.

Rice is a good offensive squad that has averaged over 75 points per game in the last two seasons. But Rice’s defense has suffered due to the faster pace of play and an overall lack of disruptiveness on that end of the floor in the last few years.

The Owls are led by two of its top returning players this season, senior big man Max Fiedler and sophomore guard Mekhi Mason. Fiedler and Mason are both scoring in the double figures regarding points per game since the start of last season.

Given Texas’ talent and depth edge and the hot shooting start this season, they should put up points against Rice. Texas shot better than 45 percent from deep and 52 percent from the field in the season’s first two games. And the Longhorns have averaged 87 points per game.

If Texas can get a stronger start to this game and finish as they did in the last two outings, this should be the best and most complete team win to date before a challenging stretch in the Empire Classic starting Nov. 19.

Final score prediction: Texas-92, Rice-71

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