It's early in the UTEP basketball season; it's a 1-3 won-lost record. It comes as no surprise to UTEP insiders. It just hasn't been said - point blank - yet.
UTEP can't shoot.
Let's put it this way: UTEP can't shoot yet; the Miners will be having their successes with defense for another season.
In basketball, there are shooters and there are scorers. UTEP lacks shooters, and scorers, too. The physical talent is there; there is speed, including with the forward types. The Washburns for an example. And the incoming players, both joining the program at the semester and for next season, are even a notch up, talent-wise, compared to this team's pretty-darn-well-good talent already in uniform.
Bottom line: UTEP's talent on offense is raw, but is at a speed, leaping ability and (I think) MENTAL level not seen around here since many of you blog readers were even born. OK, the 1980s.
What can UTEP do this year?
Coach Tim Floyd has this team in a defensive mode mind set, his forte. Defense will be the Miners' strength in a USA Conference that is not especially team-play-talented this year.
And it certainly would be nice if, by Christmas, UTEP could make improvements on its ability to score with much more proficiency when driving to the basket. Start making those layUPs on the way UP.