No, the big guy, even if young, does not get dominated in a season opener, at home, versus a Southland Conference team. UTEP basketball this season? Ouch!
I'm going to guess what's going on with second-year coach Tim Floyd. You might have guessed, too.
UTEP lost to UT San Antonio 73-64- by 9 points - Friday night in The Don.
Holy smokes! UTEP is sure asking El Pasoans, its fans, to cut a lot of slack, what with the football program and now with a basketball program that ... how are the Miners going to beat the regular opponents on their schedule this year? Minus 9 points in a home opener against what, for decades, has been a team that's a warmup patsy.
This hasn't happened before in Utepia basketball, losing to a lower echelon team in the NCAA - by 9 points.
Yes, when Coach Rab left some four coaches ago, Billy Gillispie had an awful first year before winning plus-20 and making it to the NCAA Tournament. Rab was out before he could get a new team in here. But Coach Tim Floyd already has one year's recruting for this year's roster - that lost by 9 points.
Floyd took Tony Barbee's leftovers to the NIT last year. One game, in and out. Then he brought in this team.
Here's what I'm guessing. This year's team is comprised of some sacrificial lambs - and a few keepers. Floyd gets to load up with the new guys he's set to announce as his next recruiting class, and then it's the Miners again.
In the meantime? Ka-Pow! In the meantime, there'll be a lot of talk about the team improving, and the "smarts" getting better ... but this isn't the Miner team coming up. This looks to be a season of ... if you lose to San Antonio by 9, you lose to a lot more teams.