1: Houston is not great shakes this season, despite coming in at 9-4. Remember, the Cougars have a loss to Texas State (raise your hand if you know where Texas State is located)
2: Houston was averaging right at 80 points a game. UTEP won 70-50 Saturday.
UTEP, young but being schooled into a defensive mindset, held the Cougars to 19 points in the second half. It wasn't that Houston was ice cold. It was that Houston didn't get good shots. This was a game won in the film room and in the pre-game schooling.
UTEP, 8-8, was able to play strategy basketball with its FroshSophs. Houston had no oomph as veteran, average coach James Dickey got nothing out of his kinda-young team.
UTEP lost by 16 at Marshall this week because Marshall was able to just plain out-physical the FroshSophs inside (offensive rebounds). Talent and muscle will beat this young Miner team. When UTEP has an better physical matchup, it will be able to win games in the old style - defense and smarts.