Miners clinch first round bye
Wednesday was a great day for the UTEP Miners - without even playing a game.
SMU's 71-65 upset of Tulsa on the Golden Hurricane's home floor sends the Miners to next week's Conference USA Tournament as the no. 3 seed.
UTEP (16-13, 9-6 C-USA) will close out the regular season versus SMU (15-15, 5-10 C-USA) on Saturday at 1 p.m. MT at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, but the outcome of that game will have no bearing on the Miners' seed.
Other seeds that have been determined include no. 1 Memphis (26-4, 15-0), no. 2 Southern Miss (22-8, 11-4), no. 4 East Carolina (17-11, 8-7) and no. 11 Rice (5-24, 1-14). The 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 seeds will be decided on Saturday.
The no. 3 seed will face the winner of Wednesday's 6/11 game in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14 at a time to be announced.