Three Takeaways From Miners Performance at Charleston Classic
The UTEP men's basketball team left Charleston, South Carolina with one win and lots of experience, including opponents from the ACC, Mid American, and SEC. Here are three observations from the Charleston Classic.
1. Matt Willms can be a huge factor if he stays healthy. The Miner big man played three quality games against Wake Forest, Western Michigan, and Mississippi State. He averaged more than 15 points and nearly seven rebounds per game in the tournament. If Matt's foot can stay strong, he will give the Miners a major presence in the low post and teams will have difficulty containing him on both ends.
2. Dominic Artis is UTEP's team leader. The senior nearly had a triple double against Western Michigan and scored 15 points with just one turnover against Mississippi State. As long as he protects the basketball (six turnovers against Wake Forest), Artis has the ability to score and distribute as good as anyone in C-USA.
3. Terry Winn did not play in UTEP's final game today because he was sent home early because of an "incident" according to Miners assistant coach Phil Johnson on the radio postgame show. He did not elaborate on what Winn did, but Johnson did say that he would only miss one game and head coach Tim Floyd sent him home early to send a message to the rest of the club. The Miners could have used Winn today against Mississippi State, but they showed to ability to stay in the game against the Bulldogs despite his absence.