Tim Floyd's real Miners are now showing up in the win-lost column. And it's a good thing.
UTEP beat the ACC's Clemson 61-48 Thursday, then lost to the Big 12's Kansas State 78-70 Friday in the second round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic in Honolulu.
Here's the point: UTEP won't beat "real good" basketball programs this year, but because of the back-to-basics style of Floyd (Don the Archangel from above), there will be the old "meat and potatoes" vs. the ESPN-induced "My Slamma Jamma."
You probably have to be 40ish around here to remember this, but "less talent" can beat "highly recruited" if "less talent" plays like it's in boot camp, not preening on somebody's "Top 100" website list.
UTEP is 5-6 now after some (feel free to gag) real early awful scoring outputs. We're now seeing an offense. Mike Perez has appeared after a year in the "didn't-do-it-Floyd's-way" doghouse. So has John Bohannan, the big guy who was also obviously, shall we say, a bow wow wow in the canine world of outta the master's house.
Floyd has a young team listening to him. That's coaching. And that's the right kind of guys, too. That's a roster with "heeders to coaching" that will trump somebody else's leading scorer, somebody else's tempo ... yes, a few, or maybe quite a few, other teams on the sked.