Don’t make too much out of tonight’s UTEP basketball opponent having gone to the NCAA Tournament last season.
UT San Antonio, after all, plays in the Southland Conference.
Yes, UTEP is really young; it’s only senior, Gabe McCulley, is out injured. But we’re still talking college basketball caste system here.
UTSA got into the NCAA Tournament by winning its conference, then losing by 29 points to Ohio State in the tournament.
UTEP plays in the fairly good Conference USA (Memphis, Tulsa, Houston ...)
Some Southland Conference members: Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, UT Arlington, Nicholls ...
UTSA's leading scorer from last year is gone. It does have two double-digit scorers returning, 6-5 junior Melvin Johnson (14.9) and 6-8 sophoore Jerome Hill (13.4)
I’m betting UTEP soph John Bohannon will negate Hill under the hoop.
Young team or not, UTEP should win its home opener.