At 5-8 overall, the Miners are coming off losing their first two games in conference play to UTSA, but statistically, UTEP stacks among some of the best--and worst--in the conference through various categories.
Seeking to avenge their first two losses in C-USA play, the Miners (5-8, 0-2 Conference USA) will have their week set on preparing to host North Texas (15-1, 3-0) and Rice (7-9, 2-1) on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
This year for Rodney Terry and his staff features a long journey of firsts. And tonight will be the first opportunity to see how the Miners stack up in C-USA for the new regimes' inaugural game in the league.
With a 5-6 finish to their non-conference schedule, UTEP head coach Rodney Terry believes his young squad "overachieved" expectations and wants them to understand their worth going into conference play.
In the consolation game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Saturday evening, the Miners (5-6) stormed through former WAC foe Wyoming, 76-65, and shot 47 percent from the floor, drastically improving their performance from Friday.
UTEP couldn't escape poor shooting for the second straight game, as Norfolk State shot 46 percent (11-for-24) from 3-point range and raced away with a 75-62 win in the opening round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.