Saturday brought no surprises, thus no pleasantries in Utepia, on a day both the football and basketball teams got wiped up.
The worst news is in football. Not only did visiting Tulsa win 57-28, but it doesn't look like UTEP will have a winning season - after five straight losers (but, hey, it's not 1-10 anymore). The Miners are 5-6 with one game to play.
The not-to-bad news is the UTEP Freshman Team lost to New Mexico State's Varsity Team 89-73 in Las Cruces. Look for more poleaxed UTEP basketball teams this year. Remember, this is the season the present Miners are simply auditioning to be able to remain on next year's team when second-year Coach Tim Floyd's recuiting is supposed to take effect.
Football, 5-6 with a game at Central Florida Friday, is looking bad. It's injuries (and continued terrible tackling). It's not that Tulsa won by so much, but more so that there's a good chance the Miners will again play sans starting quarterback Nick Lamaison (groin) and place-kicker Dakota Warren (his groin, too). There's no backup QB, really. And UTEP missed 2 PATs and a 37-yard FG sans Warren.
Neither Lamiason nor Warren suited up against Tulsa. And how can either be expected to be in form by Friday. Looking bad for that win and that 6-6 finish - which would mean bowl eligible.
Basketball? NMSU is big and seasoned. A four-point NMSU halftime lead quickly turned into a 22-point lead before midway into the second half. This is going to be a season when a lot is done on the practice court. UTEP doesn't have a varsity; it started four freshmen at NMSU. In fact, UTEP has no seniors or juniors on the court right now.
Rack up Saturday as not surprising, not disappointing, either. It's how it is in Utepia.