Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse holds just a little more than 5,000 people. It's a small facility built in 1950 (renovated back around 2008) that's a no-frills combination of seats and bleachers with a huge balcony overhanging one of the baselines. There's a big, ultra-modern video board over mid-court, but overall, walking into the building is like stepping back into a time warp when college basketball was an afterthought and not the huge moneymaking spectacle it is nowadays.
Yet over the past many years, watching a game in Tudor has been like sitting in a huge, empty aircraft hanger. Attendance has been near non-existent and student interest has been lacking. The place has been lifeless with souls scattered about watching an often hapless basketball team try and stay competitive in a mid-major conference that most of the time offered up only one team to the NCAA tournament, the since-departed Memphis Tigers.More »