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UTEP picked up a solid win over SMU Saturday afternoon. It was a bit odd, though, that John Bohannon played only three minutes in the game and not at all in the second half. Bohannon has not been starting lately but has been playing significant minutes all season. When asked... Continue reading
UTEP officials are looking for a way to distinguish between honored jerseys and retired jerseys. Only four Miner jerseys are retired at this point — Nolan Richardson 42, Jim Barnes 45, Nate Archibald 14 and Tim Hardaway 10. Those are the larger jerseys, hanging in front of the honored jerseys.... Continue reading
The Miners were forced to redshirt freshman Matt Willms, the 7-foot-1 Canadian, this year because of academic reasons. That will turn out to be good for both parties. Willms needs to gain a little weight and get settled into the college scene. Plus, his redshirt season will give the Miners... Continue reading
UTEP filled its final scholarship Monday evening, getting the signed letter-of-intent from 7-foot-1, 210-pound center Matt Willms. As you can tell by the weight, he will be a project. But UTEP coach Tim Floyd said they would not sign anyone unless they were a potential all-conference player somewhere down the... Continue reading
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There are roughly 10 days left in the spring signing period and UTEP is still checking things out. The final day is May 16. The Miners, of course, were all set until Michael Perez unexpectedly left the team. Now there is a spot available but Miner coach Tim Floyd said... Continue reading
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As most know, Wednesday was the opening day of the spring signing period. It runs through May 16. UTEP is not expected to sign anyone during this period — unless something special happens (in other words, someone special becomes available). The Miners, at the moment, appear to be solid for... Continue reading
UTEP coach Tim Floyd's mother, Alice Bishop, passed away last Thursday after a long illness. She was 88. Sympathies to Tim and his family. Funeral was Monday in her long-time home of Hattiesburg, Miss., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. In a beautiful gesture, Mrs. Bishop asked that donations be... Continue reading
UTEP lost a piece of its basketball history with the passing of Greg Ramsey this week. All those banners hang in the Don Haskins Center, a silent but proud reminder of this university's basketball tradition. One of those banners came first, though. The 1940-41 Border Conference champions, the Texas College... Continue reading
Twenty years ago on this date, on a Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, UTEP was pulling off perhaps its biggest win since the 1966 title game. The Miners upset top-seeded Kansas that day in Dayton, advancing to the Sweet 16. That was a great Miner team, one with all the... Continue reading
Derrick Caracter, who helped UTEP to the NCAA Tournament in his one season with the Miners, has re-surfaced in south Texas. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound Caracter, who helped UTEP to the NCAA Tournament in 2009, is now with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Developmental League, a team that... Continue reading
Those who have been around UTEP coach Tim Floyd always come away impressed with his knowledge of the game, with his mastery of the X's and O's. Floyd recently received a nice compliment in that area. Pete Gillen, the former head coach at Xavier, Providence and Virginia, now does commentary... Continue reading
UTEP coach Tim Floyd is concerned with his team's offensive efficiency over the past three games — the losses to UCF and Rice and even in the win over Southern Miss. Saturday afternoon's game against SMU might be a difficult measuring stick. The Mustangs play a slow pace and they... Continue reading
UTEP coach Tim Floyd has been in Hattiesburg, Miss., since Sunday with his mother. The 88-year-old Alice Floyd has been ill. The Miners are lucky to have Phil Johnson, a former head coach at San Jose State and a trusted friend of Floyd, to run practices in the interim —... Continue reading
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The Conference USA race is interesting as we move into the final three weeks of the regular season. Southern Miss and Memphis are in a duel for the top spot, each at 8-2 in league play. Tulsa, though, is right there at 8-3. UCF is a long shot at 7-4.... Continue reading
UTEP will honor its 1992 Sweet 16 team Saturday night — 20 years after an exciting season. That Miner team went 27-7 and began the run by splitting with New Mexico State (remember, NMSU went to the Sweet 16 that year, too), then reeled off 12 straight wins to go... Continue reading
UTEP is going through a tough stretch now and the Miners have more tough days ahead — facing the top four teams in the conference standings down the stretch. UTEP has to play leader Southern Miss and current second place teams Tulsa (at home) and Memphis (on the road) and... Continue reading
Sophomore John Bohannon is quietly putting together a very good year — and it seems to be getting better as the season rolls on. Bohannon is second in Conference USA in field goal percentage in all games and ninth in rebounding. He is connecting on .593 percent (while teammate Gabe... Continue reading
Freshman Cedrick Lang is hanging in there, giving the Miners some solid minutes ... though those minutes are understandably dwindling. Lang, who has a stress fracture in his right foot, is in a walking boot except for game night. He suits up for practice, goes through some walk-through situations (and... Continue reading
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Freshman center Cedrick Lang has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot but doctors have given him the OK to play on a limited basis. Play. Not practice. UTEP coach Tim Floyd said he will use Lang on a limited basis Saturday night at Houston, that doctors... Continue reading
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Former Miner Julyan Stone got his most NBA minutes (and points) Wednesday night when Denver raced past Sacramento 122-93. Stone played 20 minutes for the Nuggets, went 3-of-6 from the field and 0-of-2 from beyond the 3-point arc. He finished with six points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and... Continue reading
Freshman Cedrick Lang has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot. It is not clear yet whether or not he will be able to play more this season. Whatever the case, Lang will be limited. He had been playing better and better. In fact, after Saturday's game against... Continue reading
We all knew this season would be a process, a series of steps for this young basketball team. There have been signs of improvement all over, even in that all-important win-loss column. We all remember that game at Oregon, when they played so well after such a terrible home loss... Continue reading
UCF served notice Wednesday night, notice that this Conference USA race is not a slam dunk for Memphis. The Knights edged Memphis 68-67, handing the Tigers their first C-USA loss. Marshall leads the pack at 4-0, followed by UCF at 4-1, Southern Miss and Memphis, each at 3-1. Marshall dropped... Continue reading
Tim Floyd has done something much needed for the UTEP basketball tradition. He has gotten a committee formed to come up with honoring former Miner basketball players. The tradition at the university is rich and those from the past should be recognized. Floyd and the committee have created three categories... Continue reading
Hooper Vint, the 6-foot-10 freshman, got a few days off before the spring semester begins. Vint, who is out with a bulging disc in his back, got a brief trip home to Arkansas. He will almost certainly get a redshirt year, working as a freshman again next year. Malcolm Moore,... Continue reading