The UTEP Miners and The Georgia Tech Men's Basketball Teams Play In The Legends Classic Basketball Tournament
Championship Rounds: UTEP v Georgia Tech 3:30 PM MT Syracuse v Michigan 5:30 PM MT
Winners Meet At 5:30 PM November 27 3rd Place Game At 3:30 PM
Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, New Jersey
The Miners beat Mercer 87-74 and Western Carolina 77-65 in Regional Games played in El Paso.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets beat Albany 78-51 and Niagra 77-51 in Regional Games played in Atlanta, Georgia
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Here's Who Is Involved and How They Got Here
The UTEP Miners (3-1)
The UTEP Miners were tripped up in their season opener against the University of Pacific 61-66 in front of the first home opener sell out crowd since 1986.
The Miners got back on track, with their first win of the season, and the first win under Head Coach Tim Floyd, when the Miners beat Mercer in their first Legends Classic Tournament game, 87-74.
The Miners second game of the Legends Classic Tournament pitted UTEP against the Catamounts of Western Carolina. The Miners used a tough, stingy defense, a patient offense, and free throws to cruise past the Catamounts, 77-65.
The Miners used a barrage of three point shots in the first half, and 17 made free throws, combined with tough man-to-man defense to take the first round of the annual I-10 Rivalry game against the Aggies of New Mexico State, 73-56 at The Don Haskins Center, in El Paso.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1)
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won their first game of the season beating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers 52-39.
The Yellow Jackets went on the road for their next game, and the Kennesaw State Owls handed them their first loss, 63-80.
In the first of their two Legends Classic matchups, GA Tech got back on track with an easy victory over Albany, 78-51.
Iman Shumpert scored 24, and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets forced 25 Great Danes turnovers, and scored 32 points off of them.
In their last game, the second of the Yellow Jackets Regional Games of The Legends Classic Tournament, the Yellow Jackets picked up the third win of the season with another easy win, over Niagra, 77-51. The Yellow Jackets used a swarming defense to build up a big league in the first half (48-24), led by Brian Oliver's 15 first half points. Most of the starters spent the second half on the bench, resting up for tonight's game, in Atlantic City.
Key Players For Each Team Are
The Miners The Yellow Jackets
Randy Culpepper 19 ppg Iman Shumpert 15.3 ppg 7.3 rpg
Christian Polk 15 ppg Brian Oliver 12 ppg 5.5 rpg
Jeremy Williams 12.3 ppg 5 rpg Mfon Udofia 10 ppg
Julyan Stone 10 ppg 7.8 rpg Glen Rice Jr. 9 ppg
Claude Britten 7.8 ppg Daniel Miller 5.5 ppg
UTEP has the edge over GA Tech 2-0, with the last meeting being in 1981.
How It Will Turn Out
The two teams will look to their defenses to be the key to their win. Neither team gets much offensive punch from their centers. The guards will decide this game. Julyan Stone's defense, the Miners experience, the Miners overall defense, anf the points created off of the Yellow Jacket's turnovers, and the Miners free throws will win this one.
Predicted Score: UTEP 75 Georgia Tech 62