I thought I would change it up a bit this week. I was able to attend my first game of the season this past weekend against UTSA (moved away from El Paso) and I left with some things on my mind. The game, athletic director, and fans. The game To be honest, I have never been so disinterested in a UTEP basketball game in my life. Watching the team struggle in person is a whole different animal than watching them struggle on TV. You see things in person that stand…

C-USA Basketball Power Rankings: 1. Middle Tennessee (20-5, 12-1 C-USA) – Last Week #1 MTSU has won 7 straight and 12 of their last 13. They are getting everyone’s best shot every night and they keep finding ways to win. The emergence of Antwain Johnson has proved to come at a timely part of the season as he has scored in double figures in 4 straight games. They’ll need him to continue that play into the conference tournament. 2. Western Kentucky (18-7, 10-2 C-USA) – Last Week #2 I still…

Well, it could be worse right? Last week: 1/25 at UAB (L 85-78) The Miners were never really out of the game in this one but just couldn’t get stops down the stretch (we’ve heard that a bunch of times this year). Trey Wade, Evan Gilyard, and Kobe Magee led the Miners in double figures. 1/27 at MTSU (L 81-50) UTEP never had a chance. Middle did whatever they wanted offensively and didn’t give the Miners anything on the offensive side. The Miners only scored 19 points at the half…

C-USA Basketball Power Rankings: 1. Middle Tennessee (16-5, 8-1 C-USA) – Last Week #1 MTSU took care of business last week winning both games by an average margin of 27.5 points and breaking a couple of ankles on the way. Their defense was as stout as it has been all year only allowing 50.5 PPG against UTSA and UTEP. The Blue Raiders are getting each team’s best shot, next one is for first place in C-USA at ODU. If the Blue Raiders are leaving the TED with a win, someone…

UTEP continues to struggle in putting a complete game together. Last week: 1/20 vs UTSA UTEP only scored 19 points in the second half of the game that led to the Miners falling 65-61. They came out hot and led by 16 at one point in the first half but it ended up being a just a four point lead at halftime. It was a game UTEP really shouldn’t have lost but it seems they keep finding ways to give up games. The Good: •Isiah Osborne. Osborne leads the team…

C-USA Basketball Power Rankings: 1. Middle Tennessee (14-5, 6-1 C-USA) – Last Week #2 Blue Raiders regained the top spot even though they went 1-1 last week. Nick King saved them time and time again in Saturday’s matchup at WKU. Every time the Hilltoppers got close King would answer. 2. Western Kentucky (14-6, 6-1 C-USA) – Last Week #1 If Darius Thompson has a half decent game versus MTSU, the Hilltoppers win. I still think they are the more talented team but you have to beat the best to be…

The Miners again had a less than impressive week, but got a much needed win against FIU. Last week: 1/11 vs FAU UTEP led the Owls at halftime but were outscored 44-32 in the second half as FAU went on to beat the Miners, 73-66. Evan Gilyard led the Miners with 20 points in 21 minutes. 1/13 vs FIU In a pretty ugly game, UTEP was able to pull away with the win late in the game. Isiah Osborne continued playing well with 21 points. The Good: •Isiah Osborne, again.…

C-USA Basketball Power Rankings 1. Western Kentucky (13-5, 5-0 C-USA) – Last Week #2 It has been a long time since some took the top spot away from Middle Tennessee but the Hilltoppers are playing some damn good ball right now. The senior trio of Justin Johnson, Darius Thompson and Dwight Coleby are as good as they come with a combined 41.2 PPG and 22.5 RPG. Last week Western got some great news as former 4 star and top 60 recruit 6’8” Moustapha Diagne was declared eligible by the NCAA.…

C-USA Basketball Power Rankings 1. Middle Tennessee (11-4, 3-0 C-USA) – Last Week #1 A couple of shaky games in Florida that included an overtime but were able to leave with two wins. The Blue Raiders better start playing better ball or they’re going to lose a game they shouldn’t this week. 2. Western Kentucky (11-5, 3-0 C-USA) – Last Week #4 What was supposed to be the game of the week last week vs Marshall turned into the biggest blowout of the week. The Hilltoppers are playing some real…

UTEP extended their turmoil in Hattiesburg and Ruston for at least another year but the return of Keith Frazier is a big addition. Last week: 1/4 at Southern Miss The final score, 85-75, made the game seem closer than it was. The Miners got outplayed in every facet of the game as former UTEP verbal commit, Tyree Griffin torched the Miners with 19 points and 6 assists. 1/6 at Louisiana Tech UTEP had a chance to come up with a big road win but couldn’t get stops defensively. La Tech…