Alive. But the blips on the heart monitor ... well, this patient, meaning UTEP's basketball team, still must eventually await reincarnation next season. It was a 67-62 overtime win over Houston Wednesday, but ... let's go to the obligatory kudos before the "wait until next year."
Yes, all the kudos that can be kudoed are due to be kudoed in the Miners' after their overtime win, and after being down by 8 points at a point in the second half when neither team was scoring much. It was only the first round (of three more rounds) of the Conference USA Tournament. Gasp! Staying alive will be a miracle.
Because, next up is Number-one seed Memphis. And the way the Miners are REALLY going, the heart monitor goes to zzzz ----- by Thursday evening.
But what a game it turned out to be against Houston, a fellow non-cellar-dweller, but a team that was with UTEP on on the bottom steps heading to the concrete floor. Both were 7-9 in the league. UTEP was on a three-game losing streak ... and frankly looked dead.
To misue English grammer, Houston was deader on Wednesday.
So on goes the season for the Miners who started the year awful, got better ... then got real good, and then lost three straight to close the regular season at 14-16, and now are - kudos - 15-17.
Dead! But a young dead. This is a frosh-soph team that next season won't be: not finishing drive-shots to the basket, shooting air balls ... and won't be giving up so many layups.
OK, the heart monitor is still blipping going into a second-round game vs. the CSU No. 1 seed on the home floor of the Conference champ - on its home floor.
It's miracle time on the heart monitor.