Current Record: 3-1, 0-0 SEC
Coach: Cuonzo Martin, 43-29 3rd year at UT, 103-70 overall
Big Wins/L's so far: L@ Xavier 67-63
Jordan McRae Sr, G 6'6 185, 21.5 ppg, 3.0 apg, 45% 3-point, 6 blocks
Jarnell Stokes, Jr, F, 6'8 260, 11.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5 blocks
Antonio Barton, Sr, G, 6'2 180 10.8 ppg, 9 assists, 2 turnovers, 8/13 3-point shooting
One, if not the best defensive teams in the tourney, their 3/12 free throw shooting in the first half against Xavier cost them their lone loss. Although they came out and knocked down 18/19 free throws last Friday against Tennessee State, which shows great improvement from a horrendous
Current Record: 3-2, 0-0 C-USA
Coach: Tim Floyd, 61-43 4th year at UTEP, 389-223 overall
Big Wins/L's so far: W Vs. Colorado State 82-74, L@ NMSU 86-73, L Vs. NMSU 77-68
Julian Washburn, Jr, F, 6'8 210
McKenzie Moore, Jr, G, 6'6 210
Vince Hunter, Fr, F, 6'8 220
The Miners are the underdogs as the lone Mid-Major school in the tourney. McKenzie Moore was dearly missed in Saturday's loss to NMSU. He did make the trip and is an important piece to the Miners success. The Miners will need huge production from John Bohannon who has had a disappointing year so far, to contend against a tough Tennessee team. UTEP needs to find and identity on offense, and will be tested on defense against some bigger, and quicker teams than their C-USA foes.
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