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 to Stephen F. Austin. UTEP lost 64-59 at Oregon and made just 6-of-16 free throws.
The Miners, who made 18-of-21 free throws in Wednesday's win over East Carolina, are now making a solid, if not spectacular, .697 percent from the free throw line. They have moved up to fourth (out of 12 teams) in Conference USA in free throw percentage.
The rebounding has gotten progressively better, too. Sophomore John Bohannon is averaging 6.7 rebounds a game and freshman Cedrick Lang is averaging 4.8 rebounds a game. They occasionally play together but more often than not spell each other. That's a combined 11.5 rebounds a game from the post spot.
Quote of the week: Tim Floyd, talking of going back to New Orleans, described how much he loved that city, just like he does El Paso. He said he loved the culture, the food, the music and said he wouldn't be able to enjoy the music on this trip but added, "I'll get to give my 89-year-old mother a hug."