Tip off Info
Lamar (4-1) at UTEP (0-4)
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
7:05 pm Mountain Time
Who to follow for updates: Follow @UTEP_MBB on Twitter for play by play updates
Radio: 92.3 FM The Fox in El Paso, or UTEP Miners IMG Sports Network on TuneIn, (Jon Teicher/Steve Yellen)
The Miners are 4-0 all-time versus the Cardinals. They beat Lamar during the 1967-68 (83-65), 1984-85 (69-62), and 1987-88 (87-56) seasons and won in Beaumont during the 1986-87 campaign (68-52).
The Cardinals won 19 games last season and participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Lamar has seven letterwinners and four starters back from that squad. Senior forward Colton Weisbrod averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game a year ago and is a preseason first team All-Southland Conference player. Lamar, which is picked to finish second in the Southland Conference this season (five first-place votes), opened the campaign with a 74-67 victory at Tulsa. The Cardinals followed the upset by going 3-1 on a four-game homestand, topping Coastal Carolina (66-60), Jarvis Christian (103-66) and Southern University of New Orleans (105-67) and falling to Cal State Bakersfield (85-73). Junior guard Nick Garth leads Lamar in scoring (14.6 ppg), followed by Weisbrod (14.2 ppg), sophomore guard/forward T.J. Atwood (13.7 ppg) and junior forward Josh Nzeakor (10.8 ppg). Garth scored 25 points versus Southern University and 23 at Tulsa. Weisbrod posted double-doubles against Tulsa (15 points/13 rebounds) and Jarvis Christian (18 points/11 rebounds). The Cardinals are averaging 84.2 points per game, shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. Lamar has a rebound margin of +7.4 per game with Weisbrod collecting 8.4 boards per contest.