With the start of a new era upon us, we look back at some of the good and not so good stuff of the Tim Floyd Era.
TOP 5 GAMES IN ATTENDANCE
1. 12,222 vs Pacific (2010-11) Loss
2. 12,222 vs Arizona (2014-15) Loss
3. 12,222 vs Western Kentucky (2015-16) Win
4. 11,792 vs NMSU (2010-11) Win
5. 11,581 vs Memphis (2012-13) Loss
TOP 5 WINS
1. 2015-16 vs Western Kentucky (93-89)
The Miners were down 70-51 with 8:47 remaining in regulation. They outscored the Hilltoppers 42-19 after that on a day that the 1966 national championship Texas Western Miners were honored on their 50th anniversary.
2. 2012-13 vs Oregon (91-84 3OT)
The game featured 17 ties and 16 lead changes. There were nine lead changes in overtime. UTEP played only the fourth triple-overtime game in school history.
3. 2012-13 @ ECU (68-67)
Mckenzie Moore drained a three-pointer from well behind the three-point line as time ran out.
4. 2010-11 vs Memphis (74-47)
The Miners handed the Tigers their worst C-USA loss since 2000. It was the second straight year the Miners beat Memphis.
5. 2016-17 vs FIU 88-87 2OT
Dominic Artis sank the game-winning jumper right before time expired in double overtime. It sparked the Miners streak of winning 11 of 13 in the 2016-17 season.
2011-12 vs Auburn 83-76
2013-14 vs Tennessee 78-70
2014-15 vs Xavier 77-73
TOP 5 LOSSES
1. 2010-11 vs Memphis (67-66)
Joe Jackson hit two free throws with seven seconds left, lifting Memphis to a 67-66 win over UTEP in the Conference USA championship final. It was the Tigers only lead of the game. UTEP led 62-50 with 6:13 left in the game but the Miners scored only one field goal the rest of the game. The loss sent the Miners to the NIT instead of making the NCAA for 2 years straight
2. 2017-18 @ ODU (82-33)
The Miners shot 27.5% and the Miners were beat by 49 points. It was the fewest points in the shot clock era for the Miners and tied for the second worst loss in school history.
3. 2016-17 vs Maryland Eastern Shore (71-66)
4. 2016-17 vs Southeastern Louisiana (72-56)
5. 2015-16 vs Norfolk State (85-76)
2017-18 vs Appalachian State (76-72)
2017-18 vs Lamar (66-62)
2017-18 vs North Dakota State (63-51)
2016-17 vs Northwestern State (79-67)
2016-17 vs Northern Arizona (76-74)
In his first year, Tim Floyd would produce his highest win total at UTEP. The season featured a 17-2 home record and returned a core of 6 players that made it to the NCAA tournament the year before. Randy Culpepper, Julyan Stone, Christian Polk, and Jeremy Williams would lead the Miners to the conference tournament final in El Paso. Unfortunately, the Miners would lose that game to a young Memphis squad. They would make the NIT and lost their first round game at New Mexico.
The past season was only the 4th season in UTEP history to have 20 or more losses. Tim Floyd retired six games into the season after a 1-5 start that included losses to Lamar and Appalachian State. The Miners had two six game losing streaks during the year and was bounced out of the first round of the conference tournament with their 3rd loss of the year to UT-San Antonio.
TOP 5 PLAYERS THAT WERE SIGNED BUT DID NOT MAKE IT TO UTEP
1. Rashanti Harris
Harris was a 6’8” forward that was regarded as a 4-star recruit by Rivals. He was rated the 15th best player in the country by hoop scoop, 17th by scout.com, 26th by rivals and 37th by espn. He averaged 19.7 points, 15 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a senior in Mississippi.
2. Michael Haynes
Haynes was going to be a part of that initial class with Harris and Julian Washburn. He was a great rebounder that did not qualify.
3. Issac Hamilton
Probably the most well-known recruit that did not make it because of the national media. Hamilton ended up at UCLA and played 3 years while averaging 14 PPG, 4 RPG and 3APG for his career.
4. Andre Spight
He went the JUCO route and ended up spending his senior season at Northern Colorado with former Miner assistant Ken Deweese. Spight set the single season scoring record for the Bears and scored 40+ points twice this past season.
5. Jacob Thomas
Part of the class with Hamilton and Vince Hunter, Thomas was a standout shooter in the JUCO ranks but decided to stop playing basketball.
BEST STARTING 5
McKenzie Moore (Miners were 17-7 when McKenzie Moore started)
TOP 5 PLAYERS
1. Randy Culpepper
Although not a Floyd recruit he did play in the Floyd era. Randy ranks in the top 5 of a bunch of major categories in UTEP history and might have been the most enjoyable player to watch providing highlight reel after highlight reel.
2. Julyan Stone
3. Julian Washburn
4. Vince Hunter
5. John Bohannon
TOP 5 HEADLINES
1. Issac Hamilton Fiasco
Hamilton was the prized recruit for Tim Floyd. But less than a month before the fall semester, Hamilton’s family said Isaac was not going to attend UTEP and wanted a release from his NLI to attend school in the LA area. Floyd did not release him from the NLI and said there was tampering. It became a big national story and Floyd got a lot of heat for not releasing Hamilton and making him sit out a year.
2. Gambling -FBI investigation
McKenzie Moore, Jalen Ragland and Justin Crosgile were dismissed from the program for gambling on athletic events. There was no evidence of point shaving after an FBI investigation.
3. Bahamas Fight
SI’s Seth Davis reported that Tim Floyd confronted USC coach Andy Enfield and both team’s assistant coaches became involved in a heated argument. The bad blood boiled over from Floyd believing that USC had tampered with Isaac Hamilton
4. Press Conference
Tim Floyd held a press conference in the middle of May to no reason other than to confront ESPN 600 radio host Steve Kaplowitz. Floyd was upset with reports saying players were transferring or leaving because they were unhappy with Floyd. Floyd was referring to PickAxe Social in this quote “some rumor that comes from some guy chris, from some blog as if he’s getting his info from CBS, ABC, or ESPN”
5. Altercation with Steve Alford
The coaches got into it on a morning practice before an NIT matchup in the PIT. It all started over how much time each team was going to get for shoot around. Alford took an indirect shot at Floyd after the game, “We played a team that starts five seniors, a team that coach Barbee did a heck of a job when they were juniors and got them to the tournament”.