UTEP was blown out at Houston Wednesday, 79-61, perhaps because the Cougars were hot early from trey-point range.
There is a big however, however. Perhaps it wasn't just early 3-point swish shots by Houston.
In season 3 of Coach Tim Floyd, the offense is still not there, perhaps raw with a lot of young guys with athletic talent but not enough physical power.
Now to the negatives:
This is the second year in a row the Miners a missing too many shots while driving to the basket. Even free-throw shooting has lost games. C'mon, get the ball in the hoop from point bland and from the 15-foot free-throw line.
And it gets worse.
Hey, there's supposed to be defensive toughness in Floyd teams. This year's guys are not getting back on defense, which is an unpleasant surprise. Floyd has been pegged as a defensive coach. What's up with lah-de-dah on getting back?
Houston, only 15-8 now, hit some early 3-pointers. A 19-5 run in the first half set the pace, and UTEP could not make up much - and lost going away.
Thoughts on UTEP's beleagured junior (star?) John Bohannan: After not playing in two of the last three games (coach-player feud) , this team's stats king (he can score and rebound sometimes) makes too many ball-handling oops.