OK, here's the BUT
When I call this team "fragile," it's because no team can put "athletic" together on defense and offense enough times to win the needed 20-plus games. That is, unless the team is one of the most talented athletic teams in the country. Usually good medium-to-top-level teams need some workmanlike traits in their game as a hedge.
UTEP has shown it can play face-to-face with everyone if it's having the good athletic/athletic night. Wake Forest is a good example.
I'm thinking many will agree that UTEP is now the fourth or fifth best team in Conference USA right now: Memphis remains first. Then there's Houston and or Tulsa. Right now UAB is probably just ahead of UTEP for the No. 4 power spot.
Wednesday UTEP plays at UAB. It will take designer UTEP to win this one.