Just back from vacation. Thanks, posters, for keeping this blog going the past week or so:
I don't think Miner fans have to worry about this year's basketball team any more. I know last year's Miners were veterans, and beat the Big Ten's Michigan. But this year's team is one of the youngest in NCAA Division I, and it has defeated the ACC's Clemson. Neither win was at home.
Going back in history, not many Miner teams have won against a big-name — two years in a row — away from The Don.
Against Clemson, the Miners played without two big men, and lone senior Gabe McCulley sat out a lot because of foul trouble. Yet the Miners came from a five-point deficit in the second half to win 61-48 in the opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Deamond Head Classic. in Honolulu.
UTEP had as much as a 14-point lead late ... too late for any Clemson comeback. It was the third game in the row the Miners (5-5) shot better than 50 percent from the field.
We're seeing some good team play out of this year's UTEP Miners.