What was deemed by some as a UTEP basketball collapse was, in fact, an apparent slump. UTEP's basketball season is not yet dead.
The latest litany: UTEP was not supposed to beat Central Florida (then 17-7). but blew out that Conference USA opponent that is headed to the Big East, 73-58. It was a blowout.
Then again, in the crunch side of the schedule, UTEP (now 14-10) could have played up to its earlier par, but lost to Alabama-Birmingham, Tulsa and Houston in a four-game span. Those were supposed wins, if that was really par.
This is not to say UTEP is anywhere in the post-season picture. But it is saying the "team" is still there, despite that slump. There was not a cash-in vs. UCF; the Miners returned to the top of their game.
Now comes the the rest of the season, with the big questin being, when does UTEP get a good "team" in the eyes of college basketball pundits. and you blog posters, of course.
A strong finish would cetaintly be a fan-getter.