Here's another game defining this year's UTEP basketball team: Not the oomph needed to defeat an 8-12 team on a six-game losing streak - despite holding a 15-point lead in the second half.
Alabama-Birmingham beat UTEP 78-72 in overtime Wednesday in Birmingham. UTEP made only 14 of 29 free throws and had 21 turnovers.
This was despite the Miners having the chance - an easy chance - to snuff UAB out early in the second half. Time after time.
UTEP is just too fragile on offense, and the supposed forte, defense, hasn't been there of late. UAB scored at will late.
UTEP is 11-8 and now down in the pack at 4-2 in Conference USA. A homestand awaits - but, no, this isn't a year UTEP looks to be making a run for post-season. Beating this poor UAB team would have been making a run. You can't blow a 15-point second-half lead against a poor team and expect a quick-enough turnaround now that's it's already February.