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UTEP to face #23 Iowa in Atlantis Semifinals

UTEP to face #23 Iowa in Atlantis Semifinals
KTSM
UTEP
Friday, November 29, 2013 - 2:17pm

THE BASIC FACTS
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UTEP (4-2) faces 23rd-ranked Iowa (6-0) in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. MT (7 p.m. ET).
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The game will be nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network.
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It marks the fifth meeting between the Miners and the Hawkeyes, and the first since the 1987 NCAA Tournament.
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UTEP is 2-2 all-time versus Iowa with wins during the 1965-66 national championship season (86-68) and the 1971-72 campaign (65-57), and losses during the 1967-68 (59-53) and 1986-87 (84-82) seasons.
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The Miners are participating in a Thanksgiving tournament for the third time in four years under coach Tim Floyd. UTEP played in the Legends Classic in Atlantic City in 2010 and the Old Spice Classic in Orlando in 2012. Overall this is UTEP’s fourth Thanksgiving tournament in the last six years, including the 76 Classic at Anaheim in 2008.
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UTEP is 6-6 in neutral site games under Floyd, including 2-4 in Thanksgiving tournaments.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
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UTEP knocked off Tennessee, 78-70, late Thursday night behind McKenzie Moore, who scored a career-high 19 points (12 in the second half).
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UTEP closed the first half with a 16-7 run to take control of the game, and withstood a late rally by the Vols.
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The Miners took their biggest lead of 15 points (60-45) on a driving layup by Moore with 6:46 to go. Tennessee pulled within six (67-61) on two free throws by Jordan McRae with 2:35 left. Justin Crosgile buried a huge three pointer at the 2:21 mark, however, and UTEP reinstated a double-digit lead on two free throws by Moore with 1:22 remaining.
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UTEP shot a season-high 58 percent from the field.
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The Miners were outrebounded 46-28, including 26-6 on the offensive glass. Tennessee outscored UTEP 25-12 in second chance points. But the Miners outscored the Vols 23-13 in points off turnovers and made 17-of-26 free throws while Tennessee missed 16-of-39 foul shots.
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Tennessee shot 34.9 percent from the floor and finished 3-for-21 from three-point range.
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Iowa outlasted Xavier in overtime, 77-74. Roy Devyn Marble scored 30 points to pace the Hawkeyes.
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Iowa trailed by as many as 15 points and didn’t take its first lead until 4:06 to play in OT, 71-69 on two free throws by Gabriel Olaseni.
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Zach McCabe (11 points), Olaseni (10) and Aaron White (10) also scored in double figures for the Hawkeyes. Olaseni had a double-double with 11 rebounds.
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Iowa compiled 20 offensive rebounds (seven by Olaseni), and had a 23-12 edge in second chance points.

THE LAST MEETING
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UTEP and Iowa met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 15, 1987 in Tucson, Ariz., and the second-seeded Hawkeyes came away with an 84-82 win over the seventh-seeded Miners.
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Iowa’s Roy Marble (father of current Hawkeye Roy Devyn Marble) scored a game-high 28 points and made 10-of-11 free throws.
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Mike Richmond scored 18 points for the Miners, who also had future pros Tim Hardaway (11 points/six assists) and Antonio Davis on the floor.
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Iowa wasn’t lacking for star power either with B.J. Armstrong (16 points), Kevin Gamble (14 points) and Brad Lohaus (seven points), who all went on to enjoy lengthy NBA careers.
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UTEP was ahead 42-38 at the half. Iowa took the lead for good with 3:58 left, 74-73, on a free throw by Lohaus.
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The Hawkeyes shot 56.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Miners 37-28. UTEP forced 20 turnovers.

FLOYD VERSUS IOWA
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Coaching against Iowa is nothing new for UTEP’s Tim Floyd. He was the head coach at Iowa State from 1994-98.
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During his stint in Ames, Floyd was 2-2 when coaching against Iowa (0-2 home/2-0 away). He did not coach against Iowa at any of his other previous coaching stops (Idaho, New Orleans, USC).

UTEP NOTEBOOK
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UTEP’s next win will be the 1,300th in school history. The Miners are 1,299-975 in their 93rd season of basketball.
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With his next victory, Tim Floyd will tie Marshall Pennington for the fourth-most wins in UTEP history. Floyd is 62-43 with the Miners and Pennington had 63 victories from 1937-43.
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UTEP is facing a ranked opponent for the first time since March 5, 2013 versus Memphis (56-54 loss in the Haskins Center). The last time the Miners played a ranked team on a neutral floor was no. 8 Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2010 in San Jose (77-59 loss).
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The Miners are 32-87 all-time versus ranked opponents (6-16 at neutral sites). UTEP is 0-4 versus ranked foes under Tim Floyd with two losses by two points on its home floor last season (62-60 to UNLV, 56-54 to Memphis).
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UTEP’s last victory over a ranked opponent was a 74-65, double overtime win at no. 25 UAB on Jan. 30, 2010. The Miners have lost their last five games to ranked teams.
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McKenzie Moore scored a UTEP-best 19 points against Tennessee on Thursday night. His previous high was 18 points at UAB on Jan. 30, 2013.
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McKenzie Moore extended his career-long streak of consecutive double figure scoring games to five on Thursday.
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McKenzie Moore has made 19 consecutive free throws.
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UTEP employed its sixth starting lineup in as many games against Tennessee on Thursday. Justin Crosgile made his first start for the Miners and the 32nd start of his college career. He made 12 starts at Eastern Washington and 19 at St. Joseph’s.
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Crosgile has scored 11 and 12 points in the last two games and is shooting 60 percent (15-for-25) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-for-17) from beyond the arc this season.
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UTEP is 3-0 this season when senior John Bohannon has a double figure scoring game. He duplicated his season best with 16 points against Tennessee on Thursday.
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John Bohannon’s updated career totals are 98 games, 51 starts, 877 points, 591 rebounds and 116 blocked shots. He is fifth in school history in blocks and is chasing Roy Smallwood (fourth, 119 blocks, 1999-2004).
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Julian Washburn has scored 804 points in 69 games for the Miners (11.7 avg.).
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UTEP improved to 4-0 this season, and 23-5 under Tim Floyd, when having four or more double figure scorers in Thursday’s triumph over Tennessee.
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For the fifth time in six games, UTEP had an edge in bench points versus Tennessee (18-9). Miner reserves have outscored opponents’ 138-91 on the season.
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UTEP held its fourth opponent in six games under 40 percent shooting on Thursday night, as Tennessee finished at 34.9 percent from the floor. The Miners are 36-5 under Tim Floyd when foes shoot less than 40 percent.
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UTEP leads Conference USA and ranks among the national leaders in field goal percentage defense (.356). The Miners also lead C-USA in three-point field goal percentage defense (.257).
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UTEP scored a season-high 23 points off turnovers against Tennessee.

UTEP IN THE C-USA STATS
(Through games of Nov. 28)

Category
Stat Ranking
Scoring offense 75.3 ppg
8th
Scoring defense 67.0 ppg
t5th
Scoring margin +8.3 ppg
6th
Field goal % .474
5th
Field goal % defense .356 1st
3-point field goal % .356 7th
3-point field goal % defense
.257 1st
3-point field goal/game 4.3 16th
Free throw % .690
7th
Rebounding offense 37.3
11th
Rebounding defense 38.8
14th
Rebounding margin -1.5
14th
Assists 14.7
4th
Assist/turnover ratio 1.05 5th
Turnover margin -0.67
10th
Blocked shots 3.7
9th
Steals 5.0
14th

Individual*
Category Stat
Ranking
J. Bohannon Field goal %
.571 10th
C.J. Cooper Free throw %
.917 t4th
M. Moore Free throw %
.905 7th
J. Crosgile 3-point field goal %
.529 t3rd
V. Hunter Field goal %
.613 5th
* Top 10 only

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