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Tip off Info

Florida International Golden Panthers (4-12, 0-3) at UTEP Miners (2-13, 0-3)

Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

7:05 p.m. Mountain Time

Streaming: C-USA TV ($$)

Vegas says: UTEP is a -1.5 point favorite

Radio: 92.3 FM The Fox in El Paso, or UTEP Miners IMG Sports Network on TuneIn, (Jon Teicher/Steve Yellen)

SERIES HISTORY

  • UTEP is 7-1 all-time against FIU and 5-1 since the Panthers joined Conference USA for the 2013-14 season.

  • The Miners have knocked the Panthers out of the league tournament each of the last two years.

  • Last year the Panthers won at the Haskins Center, 79-69, ending UTEP's 11-game Conference USA homecourt win streak.

MINER NUGGETS

  • The Miners have held four of their last six opponents to field goal percentages under 40, although they haven't been able to post a win. During that span the Miners' defensive field goal percentage is .411 (129-for-314). In the first nine games of the season, opponents shot 48.1 percent.

  • The Miners also have yielded 69.3 ppg over the last six games, down from 75.2 ppg in the first nine outings.

  • UTEP is third in C-USA in defensive field goal percentage for league games only (.401) behind LA Tech (.387) and Old Dominion (.393).

  • UTEP has had two double-figure scorers in four of its last five games.

  • Omega Harris is sixth in C-USA in scoring for league games only (20.3 ppg).

  • Omega Harris has scored 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time as a Miner. He is the first UTEP player to score 20+ points in consecutive games versus C-USA opponents since Earvin Morris did so against UTSA (23) and FIU (25) in March of last year.

  • Harris has scored in double figures in a career-high 10 straight games. Artis has the longest streak by a Miner player in 2016-17 (12 games).

  • Paul Thomas has been the Miners' most-improved player since the start of conference play, averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds with a .579 field goal percentage.

  • Thomas has played 30 minutes or more in two of the last three games, the only times in his career that he has reached that mark.

  • UTEP has used eight different starting lineup combinations in 15 games, with nine players making at least one start.

  • The Miner bench has been outscored by a combined 322-201 this season, with the differential more pronounced in league play (65-11).

  • UTEP has outrebounded back-to-back C-USA opponents (LA Tech & Southern Miss) for the first time since February of 2016. However, the last time they outrebounded consecutive league foes on the road was in January of 2010 (Memphis & UCF).