UTEP Miners Beat Tulane In Basketball And Tied For First Place In CUSA – Could March Madness Be Far Behind?
UTEP remains the only Texas college basketball team with an NCAA championship. That title was won on March 19, 1966, by the legendary Coach Don Haskins and the team of five black players when UTEP was called Texas Western. That win, and Haskins career here in El Paso, made this a college basketball city. When UTEP hired Haskins disciple, Tim FLoyd, hopes were raised that maybe UTEP could win another NCAA title. Whether or not they can do that remains to be seen, but after last night’s victory over Tulane, and UTEP’s tie for first place in Conference USA, could the NCAA Tournament once again be within the Miner’s reach?
During UTEP’s 72 – 54 spanking of Tulane, John Bohannon scored 18 of the 20 total points he scored in the game in the second half. C.J. Cooper and Vince Hunter each scored 12 points for the Miners. Coach Tim Floyd said they feel good about the win over Tulane.
The win puts UTEP 20-7 on the season and 10-2 in Conference USA play. The Miners are still tied for first place in Conference USA with Middle Tennessee, which won at Charlotte Thursday night. This is the 25th season with 20 wins or more in school history.
UTEP will play at Southern Miss tomorrow at 4 o’clock local time in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network. If UTEP wins the CUSA Tournament, they will not have to worry about an at large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Make sure you watch the game Saturday afternoon and support the UTEP Miners!
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