UTEP (11-8) has now lost two in a row to two "blue collar" teams, neither with more so-called talent —at UAB and at home vs. Tulsa, last week.
As many people have noted before me, you're going nowhere without a half-court offense and some inside muscle. UTEP is not adept at either.
On Saturday, Tulsa's 7-foot center Jerome Jordan scored 21 points and got 14 rebounds in workman-like play, while UTEP launched its outside shooting attack.
Barbee's style is to shoot it, steal it back and shoot it again. He doesn't have the players to make that work most nights, and certainly not against teams that are coached to play more under control than are the Miners.
Now UTEP plays at Houston Wednesday, another in-your-face team that has already defeated UTEP in El Paso.
This UTEP team is going nowhere this season unless it learns to play real basketball. Leave the "CHA.AARGE OF THE HORDES" to the teams that have the better players.