Remember when UTEP and New Mexico played each other twice each season as members of the Western Athletic Conference? If you were born after 1998, you probably heard the stories from your parents or grandparents. Miner fans can relive some of those memories on Saturday, December 2nd when Paul Weir brings his Lobos to the Don Haskins Center. In addition, the Washington State Huskies will play in El Paso as part of the non-conference season which also includes a trip to Puerto Rico. The field includes Appalachian State, Boise State (NIT last season), Illinois State (NIT last season), Iowa State (NCAAs last season), South Carolina (NCAAs last season), Tulsa and Western Michigan. Those match-ups have not yet been announced. The Miners will also play NMSU twice in a five day span in December, as part of their 2017-18 men's basketball schedule, which was released today.

"Our home schedule has been upgraded with Washington State and the Lobos, who have been our biggest rivals for nearly 90 years," UTEP coach Tim Floyd said in a press release. "The series makes sense, and I applaud the administration at New Mexico for recognizing that. We like the multi-team event in Puerto Rico because of the quality of the opponents, including a potential matchup with 2017 Final Four participant South Carolina. The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational has an NCAA Tournament team from a year ago in North Carolina Wilmington. We always try to schedule teams that will prepare us well for a strong conference slate."

It is important that UTEP is prepared for C-USA action, since they will play their toughest league opponents on the road next season. Middle Tennessee, UAB, and Old Dominion host the Miners, who do not get a return home game at the Don. The good news is that UTEP will play home-and-home series with Rice and Louisiana Tech, a pair of 20-win teams from last season. They will also host Marshall for their lone meeting with the Thundering Herd.

2017-18 UTEP Men’s Basketball Schedule

Oct. 21 Orange & White Scrimmage
Oct. 28 Sul Ross State (EXB)
Nov. 3 Western New Mexico (EXB)
Nov. 10 Louisiana College
Nov. 16 vs. TBA+
Nov. 17 vs. TBA+
Nov. 19 vs. TBA+
Nov. 25 at NM State
Nov. 27 Lamar
Nov. 30 NM State
Dec. 2 New Mexico
Dec. 9 Washington State
Dec. 19 Incarnate Word
Dec. 21 Howard#
Dec. 22 North Carolina Wilmington/North Dakota State#
Dec. 28 North Texas*
Dec. 30 Rice*
Jan. 4 at Southern Miss*
Jan. 6 at LA Tech*
Jan. 11 Florida Atlantic*
Jan. 13 FIU*
Jan. 20 at UTSA*
Jan. 25 at UAB*
Jan. 27 at Middle Tennessee*
Feb. 1 WKU*
Feb. 3 Marshall*
Feb. 10 UTSA*
Feb. 15 at Charlotte*
Feb. 17 at Old Dominion*
Feb. 22 LA Tech*
Feb. 24 Southern Miss*
March 1 at Rice*
March 3 at North Texas*
March 7-10 at Conference USA Championship^

+ Puerto Rico Tip-Off
# WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational
* Conference USA game
^ Frisco, Texas

More From 600 ESPN El Paso