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Northwestern St. at UTEP Gameday Thread

UTEP and Northwestern State meet in some mid-December hoops action, as both teams look to get over the .500 mark on the season.

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After a tough, disappointing loss Monday night at the hands of the New Orleans Privateers, the UTEP Miners will flip on the lights in the Haskins Center and try to bounce back against the Northwestern St. Demons tonight.

The Demons are coming off a 91-84 overtime loss to the 12th ranked Baylor Bears last night. The Demons were apart of last season's NCAA Tournament .

This will be a tough test for the Miners, as the Demons come in to tonight's game ranked 7th in the nation, and their lowest point total on the season is 71 against Louisiana Tech.

The Demons run a high octane, fast paced offense, they take a lot of quick shots, and at one point this season were averaging just 13 seconds a possession.

The road warriors are lead by Jalan West who is averaging 18.6 points a game, and DeQuan Hicks who averages 15.8 points a contest to go along with 7.0 rebounds.

Brison White is starts at guard and is their best athlete, and provides energy.

The Miners will have to rebound on the defensive side of the floor and not waste possessions on offense in order to win this game, identity hint.

The availability of Justin Crosgile and McKenzie Moore are still in question, they will be game time decisions by coach Floyd.

The coaching match up pits old college roommates going head-to-head, Floyd and Mike Conathy went to LA Tech. Floyd texted McConathy "good luck" on Wednesday.

Lets fill up the thread Miner Nation, its barley December and this one is a must-win.

Northwestern St. Demons

Current Record: 4-6, 0-0, Southland

Head Coach: Mike McConathy

Projected Starters

Zikiteran Woodley, G, 13.0 ppg

Brison White, G, 12.9 ppg

Jalan West, G, 18.6 ppg

DeQuan Hicks, F, 15.8 ppg, 7.0 rebs

Matt Kilian, F

Team Stats

Points Per Game 88.5
Opponents Points Per Game 90.1
FG% .454
Opponents FG% .468
3-Point FG% .276
Opponents 3-point FG% .319
Free Throw % .626
Rebounds Per Game 39.6
Rebound Margin -7.6
Assist Per Game 15.9
Turnovers Per Game 14.5

UTEP Miners

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

Projected Starters

C.J. Cooper, G, 7.2 ppg

Julian Washburn, G, 9.8 ppg

Vince Hunter, F, 10.1 ppg,

Cedrick Lang, F, 6.6 ppg,

Matt Wilms, C, 7.0 ppg,

Points Per Game 70.6
Opponents Points Per Game 68
FG% .449
Opponents FG% .384
3-Point FG% .338
Opponents 3-point FG% .301
Free Throw % .670
Rebounds Per Game 36.1
Rebound Margin -2.1
Assist Per Game 13.6
Turnovers Per Game 12.8

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