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UTEP Basketball: Exhibition Preview, and Open Thread

The old training camp adage, playing a team with a different uniform goes full circle Sunday 3:00 p.m. in the Don.


Who, what, when and where?

Southeastern Oklahoma at UTEP

Men's college basketball exhibition

November 9th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time, Don Haskins Center


What to watch for?

Coach Floyd talked about opening up the bench this week, so expect a whole bunch of different lineups, and possible limited minutes from the vets.   I would buy way more stock into how guys handle offensive situations, overall defense, and rebounding efforts then the starting lineups, minutes, and rotations in this dress rehearsal

The main thing to keep an eye on is the lineup combos CTF is trying to figure out, here are some combos that have been great in practice.

Omega Harris at PG, with Earvin Morris at SG- "scoring lineup"

Lew Stallworth at PG, with Omega Harris at SG- " speed, and defensive lineup"

C.J. Cooper at PG, with Earvin Morris at SG- "three point lineup"

Omega Harris at PG, Earvin Morris at SG, Julian Washburn at SF, Vince Hunter at PF- "length and defensive shut down lineup"

Cedrick Lang at C, with Hooper Vint at PF- "interior defensive shut down lineup"

Any combination of Vince Hunter, Julian Washburn, Omega Harris, and C.J. Cooper.

Southeastern Oklahoma faced Texas Tech, and UTSA this week, and hung tough with both for a while.

They were down six at the half to Texas Tech, and only trailed UTSA by a point at the halftime point of their exhibition tilt.  Combining for 19 made triples in both contests, Southeastern Oklahoma attempted more than 20 three pointers in each game so far.

UTEP will be tested with the long hustle rebounds, and perimeter defense from the young guards as things the coaches maybe looking for in this contest in terms of what the other team will do.

Other things I will be looking for is which freshman point guard gets UTEP into offense the smoothest, who shows new offensive aggressiveness, and how UTEP will look to score in transition.


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