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…

Weekly C-USA Basketball Power Rankings: 1. Middle Tennessee (9-4, 1-0 C-USA) – Nick King is the obvious choice for POY right now but the scary thing is that Giddy Potts hasn’t had a “Giddy” type game yet. The guard has yet to score 20+ points in a game this year after doing it 8 times a season ago. 2. Old Dominion (10-3, 1-0 C-USA) – Nitty and gritty is the Monarch way isn’t it? The Monarchs have a top 10 defense only giving up 60.8 PPG. ODU also is as experienced…

Miners hit the road for only the second and third times this year. Does the first really count though? A 40 minute drive to Less Cruses. Either way, UTEP will be playing outside of the Haskins Center for the first time since November 25th, tomorrow night. Last Week: UTEP opened Conference USA against a pair of Texas schools last week in North Texas and Rice. Miners lost the opener to a good UNT team that ended up hitting some big shots down the stretch. Miners had a chance to win…

The Miners have won three straight non-conference games for the first time since November of the 2015 season. Last week: 12/19 vs Incarnate Word It wasn’t pretty but they got the job done. UTEP played without Wilms, Osborne, and Wade but were able to hold on late for a 72-66 win. Tirus Smith was the player of the game with a season high of 15 points and 6 rebounds. The Miners need that boost from him as Frazier was held scoreless until the final six minutes of the game. Paul…

Guard play, guard play, guard play. That’ll win you championships in college basketball. In the past two games Keith Frazier and Omega Harris have stepped it up a notch. They’ve combined for 41.5 PPG while shooting 56% from the field and are 18/18 from the free throw line. Miners will need them to continue to play at a high level. Last Week: UTEP beat Washington St. for the third time in their last four meetings, 76-69. Keith Frazier and Omega Harris combined for 39 points and the Miners have won…