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 can run some exotic defenses at you. Best indicator will be field goal percentage and not points on the scoreboard.
The crowd should be a pretty small one in Moody Coliseum. The last-place Mustangs are averaging just 1,919 fans a game. UTEP alumni should bring more than that. John Bohannon, who is from Lancaster, said he had "about a hundred people" coming to the game. Julian Washburn, who is from Duncanville, said most of his family would be over in Fort Worth, watching his brother Chris's high school playoff game. "His game is more important than mine," Washburn said of brother Chris.
D'Von Campbell is from Arlington, so he might have a few friends and family, too.
Obviously, the Miners would like one more win to take them into next week's conference tournament. The last two games have been a little shaky but the four games before that were very impressive — with wins over Memphis, Southern Miss and Tulsa, the top three teams in the standings.
All part of the growth process.