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UTEP vs Iowa Gameday Thread

UTEP and Iowa will battle for a spot in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis

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#23 Iowa Hawkeyes

Current Record: 6-0, 0-0 Big Ten

Coach: Fran McCaffery, 60-50 3rd year at Iowa, 310-228 overall

Big Wins/L's so far: None

Team Stats as of 11/27/2013

PPG 92.6
OPP. PPG 54.6
FG% .475
3-point% .354
FT% .742
RPG 48.4
APG 18.2
TO.PG 11.0

Key Players:

Roy Devyn Marble, Sr, G, 6'6 200

Aaron White, Jr, F, 6'9 220

Jarrod Uthoff, So, F, 6'6 208

Iowa has done a nice job annihilating teams they are suppose too. Devyn Marble and White both scored in double figures last year and figure to be the leaders this year. Utfhoff is coming a 19 point effort in their last game, including 6/7 shooting from the field. They have forced 89 turnovers in five games, while icing their opponents to a 31.2 field goal percentage, that tough defense will tested against their first solid opponent in Xavier which will be one of the best first round games.

UTEP Miners

Current Record: 4-2, 0-0 C-USA

Coach: Tim Floyd, 62-43 4th year at UTEP, 390-223 overall

Big Wins/L's so far: W Vs. Colorado State 82-74, L@ NMSU 86-73, L Vs. NMSU 77-68, W Vs. Tennessee 78-70

Team Stats as of 11/27/2013

PPG 74.8
OPP.PG 66.4
FG% .455
3-point% .365
FT% .697
RPG 39.2
APG 15.0
TO. PG 14.2

Key Players

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.

Make sure to stay tuned to MinerRush for more information on all things UTEP sports, and make sure to Follow @sbnminerrush on Twitter for live updates throughout the game. Picks Up, and Go Miners!