UTEP got UTEPed by a mediocre Tulsa team that used inside defense to crawl-on-its-knees to a 45-42 win at Tulsa Wednesday. Neither team would have beaten any other Conference USA team on this anemic offensive night. It wasn't just good inside defense, it was horrible offense.
Now UTEP has seven losses (9-7) and isn't in the RPI mix for the NCAA Tournament unless it can go to Memphis and win the conference tournament. Odds of that? Underdog.
So bad. UTEP reverted to its early season problems in scoring. You get only 42 points and you lose, even though this (11-7) Tulsa team got only 45. Did a Division I team actually win with 45 points?
UTEP shot poorly and continued to miss inside shots when it looked like that early season problem was solved. Perhapsit was just a back-to-December nightmare? If so, you can't do that in mid-January.
A little bit of Tulsa defense shut down what had been a good-looking young UTEP team.