I think this is something big to consider about the strategy Coach Tim Floyd is using this, and last, baseketball season.
It was another low-scoring game. UTEP won by 11 at in another low-scoring game.
Yet again, UTEP held its opponent to a low scoring percentage.
This was a no-kidding win. Rice has nothing and has now lost 23 games. But the question is there. And now is a good time for somebody really in the know to answer what has been UTEP lore since Floyd was the recruiter of Miners for an in-his-prime His Coachency, Don Haskins.
Is it true that Floyd told Haskins, back then, that UTEP can't get better unless Haskins would allow the recruitment of better scorers? More offense, at least making that promise to incoming recruits that they could bring their proverbial "game."
After winning the 1966 NCAA Championship, there were some lean years in the 1970s.
What's Floyd up to? Is it that ...
Is that, I'm asking, why the Miners got some offensive gusto and dominated the then-real WAC in the 1980s?
Back to this season: The Washburn brothers are not shooters? And if you're not a good shooter, you have to be a scorer. Neither is. Bohannan? The big guy plays once in a while.
I think its great that the Miners can double-team the opponents' top guy, and hold him down. That's a winning deal. And Lang is a good defender. And so are others. Now what?
Is one of Floyd's assistants going to ask for a meeting and say, "We have to get more scorers if we are going to be successful." Is he going to say the Miners have to open up the offense if they are to get the players to get the school to the NCAA?
Apparently the recruiting class is a good one. So were the Washburns and some of the other guys now on the team that won't win 20 games this season.
UTEP is now 16-12 and 9-5 in Conference-USA. It's a winning season, but not a winner.