EL PASO, Texas – In the pandemic-revised Convention United states of america schedules, UTEP is taking part in meeting opponents back again-to-back again on Friday and Saturday making it tricky to achieve momentum over a extensive time.
As such the Miners (5-4, 2-2 C-United states) have split weekend series with their initially two C-United states opponents, Southern Mississippi and Rice, and sit in the middle of the C-United states of america West standings.
Fortuitously 6 other C-United states of america have accomplished the very same, including UTEP’s following opponent in defending conference champion North Texas.
The Miners will head to Denton, TX to check out and knock off a Suggest Environmentally friendly (5-5, 1-1 C-United states of america) staff that at present sits at .500.
But don’t let the history idiot you. Like UTEP, North Texas performed a overwhelming non-conference timetable touring to Power 5 opponents Arkansas, Mississippi Condition, and West Virginia. North Texas shed just about every of these games.
UTEP’s non-convention schedule bundled road losses Saint Mary’s and Arizona, and a road victory at Arizona Point out.
The two UTEP and North Texas will hope that the difficult non-conference plan will make their teams improved about the system of C-United states of america enjoy.
“We’ve noticed fantastic defenses already and what a seriously good defense appears to be like in conditions of men playing hard and actively playing the gaps,” suggests UTEP Coach Rodney Terry. “So it can help put together us for matters that we’re heading to see in meeting engage in.
A wonderful blueprint would be very last season’s North Texas crew that went 6-7 in non-convention engage in, only to go 14-4 in C-United states of america engage in to earn the convention title.
In conditions of scouting North Texas, Mentor Terry may well seem to a previous opponent.
“We will see kind of related to what we saw from Arizona to be straightforward with you. A group that’ll defend seriously difficult, play rapidly in transition.”
Terry was also extremely complementary of reigning C-United states of america Player of the Yr Javion Hamlet.
“They’ve received a truly fantastic basic. in terms of facilitating their offense and finding them in their steps,” states Terry of Hamlet, who had 14 points in a acquire around UTEP final season. “And he’s a hard competitor.”
Tipoff for Friday night’s match is at 7pm CT/6pm MT, adopted Saturday’s match at 3pm CT/2pm MT.
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