Sept. 13, 2010
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former University of Michigan men's basketball standout Glen Rice (1986-89) has been named the 27th-most iconic student-athlete in the history of the Big Ten Conference by the Big Ten Network as part of its series "Big Ten Icons."
The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in the history of the Big Ten, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. Rice is the second Wolverine to be honored after U-M Legend Cazzie Russell (1964-66) was ranked 29th by the Big Ten Network.
The program's all-time leading scorer, Rice poured in 2,442 points during his stellar four-year, capping his time in Ann Arbor by leading the Maize and Blue to the 1989 national championship. Rice scored 184 points during U-M's six-game tournament run, a mark that still stands as the NCAA Tournament scoring record, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
Rice also earned All-America honors in 1989 and was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, having been named to the first team in 1988 and '89 and the second team in 1987. In addition to being Michigan's career scoring leader, Rice also holds the school record for most points in a season, scoring 949 during his senior campaign. He also ranks sixth in school history in rebounding, pulling down 859 boards during his time in Maize and Blue.
Rice went on to be the fourth overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and was named an all-star on three occasions, including in 1997 when he won All-Star Game MVP honors. Rice also won a championship as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000.
On February 20, 2005, Rice's No. 41 became the fourth number in Michigan history to be raised to the rafters at Crisler Arena.
Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com. The website also features essays, video and other key facts about each student-athlete's career. Viewers can also participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners will take home a 55-inch Phillips HD television.
The television show, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 9 PM ET every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423