Western Illinois at UTEP Gameday Thread

UTEP meets Western Illinois in the opening night of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

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Western Illinois Leathernecks

Current Record: 5-7, 0-0, Summit League

Head Coach: Jim Molinari

Key Players

Adam Link, Sr, F, 12.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Garrett Covington, Fr, G, 11.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg

Tate Stensgaard, So, F, 8.2 ppg, 4.1 ppg,

Team Stats

Points Per Game 60.5
Opponents Points Per Game 56.6
FG% .448
Opponents FG% .396
3-Point FG% .294
Opponents 3-point FG% .301
Free Throw % .585
Rebounds Per Game 33.5
Rebound Margin +1.4
Assist Per Game 13.4
Turnovers Per Game 12.6

Western Illinois is one of the better defensive teams UTEP will face all year. They come in ranked 6th in scoring defense nationally, and Senior Adam Link is one of the best players in their conference. Teams are shooting just under 40 percent on the year against them, a true test to the continued growth of the Miners efficient offense over the past three wins. They won 22 games a year ago, but graduated key players from their CBI appearance. This will be the first game between UTEP and Western Illinois.

UTEP Miners

Current Record: 8-5, 0-0 C-USA

Key Players:

McKenzie Moore, Jr, G, 13.1 ppg,

Julian Washburn, Jr, F, 11.4 ppg,

Vince Hunter, Fr, F, 10.4 ppg

Points Per Game 71.1
Opponents Points Per Game 66.2
FG% .466
Opponents FG% .377
3-Point FG% .365
Opponents 3-point FG% .296
Free Throw % .680
Rebounds Per Game 36.4
Rebound Margin -0.3
Assist Per Game 14.1
Turnovers Per Gam 11.5

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