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UTEP Miners vs. Houston Cougars Open Game Thread

The UTEP Miners are back in CUSA action as they face the Houston Cougars tonight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Tip off is slated for 7 pm El Paso time.


Statistical Leaders:

UTEP Miners:

Points- Julian Washburn (11.7), Konner Tucker (11.4), John Bohannon(10.6)

Rebounds- John Bohannon (6.0), McKenzie Moore (5.5), Cedrick Lang(5.0)

Assists: Jacques Streeter (5.0), McKenzie Moore (2.2), Julian Washburn (1.7)

Houston Cougars:

Points- Joseph Young (17.5), TaShawn Thomas (17.0), Danuel House (12.9)

Rebounds- TaShawn Thomas (9.7), Leon Gibson (5.6), Danuel House (5.0)

Assists- J.J. Thompson (3.1), TaShawn Thomas (2.4), Joseph Young (2.2)

Final thoughts: Lets face it, the Miners had possibly the ugliest losing streak this past week since they lost four straight early on in the season. There is really no excuse for horrible shot selection and failing to execute what Coach Floyd has drawn up. The beauty of it would be that the game tonight is at the Don Haskins Center. It seems as though whenever the Miners are in a slump, playing at home tends to cure their problems (minus the second Tulsa game- a fluke in my opinion). The keys to a Miner victory tonight: Hold Houston to at least a minimum of 62 points (they average 78 per game) and slow them down. UTEP must shoot better than 44% on the night and take their three point shots seriously, this is not a video game and we know what happens when we get 3pt-Happy.

Prediction: UTEP 67, Cougars 60