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New Orleans at UTEP Gameday Thread

UTEP resumes its non-conference schedule Monday night against the Privateers of New Orleans, 7 PM MDT in the Don Haskins Center. Can the Miners win two straight and gain momentum before Christmas? Sound off Miner Nation!

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Tim Floyd's old employer comes into the Don Haskins Center as UTEP resumes its non-conference slate.

The Privateeers have a 2-4 record, with losses to Boise State, LSU, and they visit Michigan State next Saturday the 28th.

The Miners will be without leading scorer McKenzie Moore, who is serving a one game lesson of suspension.

New Orleans is led by Cory Dixon, who averages 16.4 points a game, along with 7.2 rebounds, and is coming off a double-double in their last contest.

The Miners will continue in finding an identity on offense, despite not having their most effective offensive player in the line up tonight.

Tonight's game starts a string of four games in eight days heading into Christmas Day for the Miners, as they will host Northwestern State Thursday, then hit the road Saturday against Washington State, before returning to face Montana State December 23rd.

New Orleans Privateers

Current Record: 2-4, 0-0, Southland

Head Coach: Mark Slessinger

Projected Starters

Issac Mack, G, 10.6 ppg

Micah Walker, G, 3.8 ppg

Teris Bourgeois, F, 5.2 ppg

Cory Dixon, F, 16.4 ppg, 7.2 rebs

Matt Derenbecker, 12.6 ppg, 6.4 rebs.

Team Stats

Points Per Game 73.2
Opponents Points Per Game 72.5
FG% .417
Opponents FG% .403
3-Point FG% .374
Opponents 3-point FG% .331
Free Throw % .626
Rebounds Per Game 40.7
Rebound Margin 0
Assist Per Game 14.8
Turnovers Per Game 16.5

UTEP Miners

Current Record: 5-4, 0-0 C-USA

Projected Starters

Justin Crosgile, G, 7.3 ppg

Julian Washburn, G, 10.0 ppg

Vince Hunter, F, 9.3 ppg,

Cedrick Lang, F, 7.1 ppg,

Matt Wilms, C, 7.6 ppg,

Points Per Game 70.8
Opponents Points Per Game 67.7
FG% .449
Opponents FG% .371
3-Point FG% .331
Opponents 3-point FG% .290
Free Throw % .667
Rebounds Per Game 36.4
Rebound Margin -2.4
Assist Per Game 13.1
Turnovers Per Game 13.0

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