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UTEP Miners vs. So.Miss Golden Eagles Game Thread

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The UTEP Miners face the USM Golden Eagles in a CUSA match up tonight in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Tip off is slated for 6 pm El Paso time.

Miner Maniacs with their Picks Up during a UTEP free Throw
Miner Maniacs with their Picks Up during a UTEP free Throw
Billy Murray- MinerRush.com

Statistical Leaders:

UTEP Miners:

Points- Julian Washburn (12.2), Konner Tucker (11.9), John Bohannon (11.0)

Rebounds- John Bohannon (6.2), McKenzie Moore (5.2), Cedrick Lang (4.9)

Assists- Jacques Streeter (5.2), McKenzie Moore (2.1), Julian Washburn (1.8)

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles:

Points- Dwayne Davis (14.2), Jerrold Brooks (10.6), Neil Watson (9.2)

Rebounds- Johnathan Mills (6.9), Michael Craig (5.1), Dwayne Davis (4.3)

Assists- Neil Watson (5.0), Dwayne Davis (2.3), Jerrold Brooks (2.3)

Final thoughts: The Miners are 2-8 on the road (including neutral court games) this season with their only wins coming against Tulane and the infamous ECU buzzer beater. The point I am trying to get at, is that this Miner team is not very good on the road. It seems to be that there is always something ailing them while on the road. Some games we will see poor shooting, others will be poor free throw shooting, the fact of the matter is, UTEP has not played a complete game on the road and has had opportunities in all 10 away games to win or lose depending solely on basic factors of the game. The keys to victory for the Miners against USM will be to duplicate and execute the exact game plan that they had vs. UCF (tough defense, wise shot selection, drain the shots) and score more than 65 points (both road wins UTEP scored more than 65). I cannot help but feel that we will start this game strong but ultimately end up succumbing to a road woe (poor shot selection, horrid defense, terrible free throw percentage) that seems to stick around year in and out.

Prediction: Southern Mississippi 75, UTEP 62