Wednesday was a tough loss for the Miners — but not a shocking loss.
Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik is as good a defensive coach as there is in the league. He had his guys ready and they took away UTEP's scoring options — Gabe McCulley, Julian Washburn and John Bohannon.
There will still be ups and downs for this young team. But they are getting better and there will be more ups than downs from this point on.
Southern Miss still cannot beat Memphis. Southern Miss had the final shot but could not convert Wednesday night in Memphis, losing 60-58. These two teams will probably battle for the conference championship. Southern Miss is now 15-3 overall, 2-1 in conference play. Memphis, who played the toughest schedule of any league member, is 11-5, 2-0. But Memphis might have a tough time winning in Hattiesburg, Miss., this year.
Marshall got a good win at UAB, winning 60-58. Dennis Tinnon had 19 rebounds. That Marshall team can rebound; hasn't been outrebounded all year. UAB has the worst record in the conference at 5-10 overall but the Blazers almost beat one of the league's best teams. Shows nothing is going to be easy.
UCF got a nice win over Houston, taking a 74-63 win in Orlando. Rice got the best of SMU 68-52.
Should be an interesting conference race. UCF is 13-3 overall and 3-0. Marshall is 12-4 3-0. Memphis 11-5, 2-0 and Southern Miss is 15-3 2-1. Tulane, by the way, is 12-4 but 0-2.