It all starts, of course, with the fact that the Miners have to beat a good UAB team. If they do, it would be surprising if they don't move into the USA Today/ESNP coaches poll. They are currently receiving the 28th most votes.
On Saturday, No. 21 Kansas lost in Lubbock to Texas Tech 70-63, while No. 22 Syracuse lost 87-62 at No. 3 UConn. Earlier in the week, the top team in "other's receiving votes," Nebraska, lost to mediocre Illinois.
On Sunday, No. 22 Iowa State is at No. 17 Oklahoma State. On Monday, the team right in front of UTEP, Michigan, plays at home against No. 8 Penn State. The coaches poll is released Tuesday.