El Paso, TX — Tulsa may be the hottest team in Conference USA, winning its last five games by 10 points or more. UTEP Coach Tim Floyd knows his Miners will have their hands full in the regular season home finale on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
“Our memories of Tulsa aren’t good. We were 0-2 against those guys last year,” he said. “I think they’re the fastest team in the league. Their guards are jets and they utilize their quickness. They play through their bigs like [coach] Danny Manning’s background at Kansas and with Bill Self. Their guards play great man-to-man pressure. They score in transition. They are a very difficult matchup for us, and they’re playing as well as anybody in the league.”
UTEP will honor seniors John Bohannon and Tyler Tafoya prior to Saturday’s game.
Bohannon has played in 119 games for the Miners with 70 starts. He ranks second in school history with 154 blocks, second with a field goal percentage of 56.7, sixth with 773 rebounds and 22nd with 1,127 points. He has 18 double-doubles, tied for the eighth-most in school history. A two-time Conference USA Player of the Week this season, Bohannon is first on the squad in rebounding and blocks and fourth in scoring. He ranks among the Conference USA leaders in seven statistical categories for league games only. He is majoring in Political Science.
“We have admired his growth as a person and as a player,” Floyd said. “I think he has benefited a great deal from this experience and we have as well, because he has been a much better player this year, much more reliable and I wish he was back for another year.”
Tafoya was a member of UTEP’s 2009-10 NCAA Tournament team and has been with the Miner program for the last five seasons. The El Paso native has appeared in 17 games for the Miners and made his first career start against Rice on Feb. 29, 2012. He is majoring in Communication.
“Tyler has been a real spirit guy for our team, a real cheerleader and a guy who has had a positive attitude day in and day out, which is hard to do when you don’t play much,” Floyd said. “He’s a guy I would recommend for somebody to hire one day. I don’t know what he wants to do, but he’d be a good hire because he’s a team guy.”