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 — along with assistants Greg Foster and Ken DeWeese.
UTEP will practice at 12 noon Thursday, then leave for Memphis for Saturday's 12 noon (CST) game. The Tigers were in New Orleans Wednesday night, dusting Tulane 82-64 and will also travel back to Memphis Thursday.
Ugliest game of the season
UAB beat SMU 47-28 Wednesday night in Dallas. How does a team score only 28 points in the shot clock era. Whoa ... that had to be bad. After all, 47 points in 40 minutes is not exactly heart-stopping. But 28?
Southern Miss made a 3-pointer in the final second to send the game into overtime, then defeated Tulsa 77-69 Wednesday night in Hattiesburg. It has been a hard-luck year for the Hurricane.