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- Star Player: Randy Culpepper
- Overall Record: 23-8
- Conference USA Record: 11-5
- Best C-USA Win: vs. Memphis, 74-47
- Worst C-USA Loss: vs. UCF, 74-68
After winning the regular season Conference USA crown a year ago, the Miners fell just short of doing the same this season, finishing one game behind UAB in the final standings. If UTEP could have just reversed the fortunes of their triple-overtime loss in Birmingham to the Blazers earlier this year, they could have become the regular-season champs in back-to-back campaigns. Instead the Miners will have to do things the hard way if they want to get another chance at the Big Dance. Though, with conference wins over teams like Tulsa, SMU, Memphis and Marshall, UTEP has shown that it is capable of beating anybody in this league.
Chances of Winning C-USA Tournament
High: The home-court advantage cannot be underestimated enough here. The Miners went 17-2 overall in the Don Haskins Center this year, and 7-1 on their home floor in conference play. With a starting lineup filled with five experienced seniors that have been to the NCAA tournament before, it is going to be hard for any team to knock off UTEP and keep them from protecting their building.