POSTED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 1:00am
UTEP to Host SMU Saturday With First Place in Conference USA on the Line. The Miners have not played since a 59-53 victory over Rice last Saturday. UTEP enjoyed a couple of days off this week.
Head Coach Tim Floyd said, "It was a good time for me, I don't care about them. I needed the time as well, a couple of days, and I am just kidding, but I think we all needed a little break." Senior Guard Randy Culpepper added, "I feel good, we got two or three days off, so my legs are back under me, feeling refreshed. At first, I felt like an old man but I got my legs back."
- The Mustangs are a half-game back of the first place Miners in the C-USA standings
- SMU has won 5 straight games and leads C-USA in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage
- UTEP will be home for 3 straight Saturday games including hosting Houston on Feb. 19 and Memphis on Feb. 26
UTEP (18-5, 6-2 C-USA) plays the first of three straight Saturday home games on Feb. 12 when SMU (15-8, 6-3 C-USA) comes to El Paso. The Miners will also host Houston on Feb. 19 and Memphis on Feb. 26 as they continue their push for a second straight league regular season title.
The Mustangs have won five straight games and sit just a half-game back of the first-place Miners in the C-USA standings.
The Miners are starting the second half of their C-USA slate. UTEP will play five games at home and three on the road leading into the C-USA Tournament March 9-12 at the Haskins Center. UTEP is the only C-USA team with five home games remaining. Houston, Marshall and Memphis each have four games left on their home floors.
The Miners have won six consecutive C-USA Saturday home games dating back to the 2008-09 season, with the last loss coming at the hands of Memphis, 70-63, on Feb. 21, 2009.
SMU is the only team UTEP will face twice during the second half of the C-USA schedule.