2015–16 UTEP Miners men's basketball team

The 2015–16 UTEP Miners basketball team represented the University of Texas at El Paso during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Miners, led by sixth year head coach Tim Floyd, played their home games at the Don Haskins Center and were members of Conference USA. They finished the season 19–14, 10–8 in C-USA play to finish in sixth place. They defeated FIU in the second round of the C-USA Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Marshall. Despite having 19 wins and an above .500 record, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.

2015–16 UTEP Miners men's basketball
UTEP Miners wordmark.svg
ConferenceConference USA
2015–16 record19–14 (10–8 C-USA)
Head coachTim Floyd (6th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaDon Haskins Center
Seasons
2015–16 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UAB 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
Middle Tennessee 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Marshall 12 6   .667     17 16   .515
Louisiana Tech 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     25 13   .658
UTEP 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Charlotte 9 9   .500     14 19   .424
Western Kentucky 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
North Texas 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
Rice 7 11   .389     12 20   .375
FIU 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Florida Atlantic 5 13   .278     8 25   .242
Southern Miss* 5 13   .278     8 21   .276
UTSA 3 15   .167     5 27   .156
*Ineligible for postseason play due to self-imposed postseason ban.
2016 C-USA Tournament winner

Previous seasonEdit

The Miners finished the season 22–11, 13–5 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for the second place. They advanced to the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament where they lost to Middle Tennessee. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Murray State.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Julian Washburn 4 G/F 6'8" 210 Senior Duncanville, TX Graduated
C. J. Cooper 5 G 6'0" 180 Senior Chino, CA Graduated
Lew Stallworth 13 G 6'1" 175 Freshman Newhall, CA Transferred to Texas–Rio Grande Valley
Cedrick Lang 31 F 6'10" 255 Senior Sioux Falls, SD Graduated
Vince Hunter 32 F 6'8" 200 Sophomore Detroit, MI Declare for 2015 NBA draft
Darnell Vandivort 33 G 6'1" 145 Sophomore El Paso, TX Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Dominic Artis 1 G 6'1" 185 Junior Oakland, CA Junior college transferred from Diablo Valley College
Lee Moore 4 G 6'4" 175 Junior Kennesaw, GA Junior college transferred from Wallace State CC

Class of 2015 recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Paul Thomas
PF
Houston, TX Summer Creek High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 24, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Christian Romine
C
Mahomet, IL Mahomet-Seymour High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sep 8, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Josh McSwiggan
SF
Loughborough, England Charmwood College 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) N/A Mar 14, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Kelvin Jones
C
Hobbs, NM Hobbs High School 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 210 lb (95 kg) May 17, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Brodricks Jones
C
Los Angeles, CA Lawndale High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Aug 3, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

RosterEdit

2015–16 UTEP Miners men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Dominic Artis 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Oregon San Francisco, CA
G 2 Omega Harris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Putnam City West HS Bethany, OK
F 3 Brodricks Jones 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Lawndale HS Los Angeles, CA
G 4 Lee Moore 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Wallace State CC Kennesaw, GA
F 5 Paul Thomas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Summer Creek HS Humble, TX
G/F 11 Jake Flaggert 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Lovejoy HS Lucas, TX
F 12 Terry Winn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Westwind Prep Acad Monroe, LA
G 13 Victor Mbachu 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Sr Angelina College Houston, TX
G 15 Tevin Caldwell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Cochise College El Paso, TX
G 20 Earvin Morris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Tallahassee CC Memphis, TN
G 21 Trey Touchet 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Fr Saint Thomas More HS Lafayette, IN
C 23 Hooper Vint 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Van Buren HS Van Buren, AR
F 31 Ivan Venegas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Chihuahua, Mexico
F/C 34 Christian Romine 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Mahomet-Seymour HS Mahomet, IL
C 41 Matt Willms 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Findlay Prep Leamington, ON
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
10/31/2015*
2:00 PM
Cameron W 78–69 
Don Haskins Center (5,112)
El Paso, TX
11/07/2015*
7:05 PM
East Central Oklahoma W 78–66 
Don Haskins Center (6,384)
El Paso, TX
Non-Conference Regular season
11/14/2015*
7:05 PM
Loyola (New Orleans) W 96–49  1–0
Don Haskins Center (7,596)
El Paso, TX
11/21/2015*
7:30 PM
Texas State W 77–62  2–0
Don Haskins Center (7,311)
El Paso, TX
11/22/2015*
7:05 PM
Alcorn State
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
W 88–66  3–0
Don Haskins Center (6,005)
El Paso, TX
11/24/2015*
7:05 PM
Florida A&M
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic
W 72–54  4–0
Don Haskins Center (6,682)
El Paso, TX
11/27/2015*
4:00 PM, CBSSN
vs. Southern Illinois
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic semifinals
W 71–66  5–0
American Bank Center (264)
Corpus Christi, TX
11/28/2015*
4:00 PM, CBSSN
vs. Colorado State
Corpus Christi Coastal Classic championship
W 99–90 2OT 6–0
American Bank Center (274)
Corpus Christi, TX
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM
at New Mexico State
Battle of I-10
L 59–73  6–1
Pan American Center (6,303)
Las Cruces, NM
12/05/2015*
6:00 PM, ASN
Texas–Arlington L 62–76  6–2
Don Haskins Center (7,567)
El Paso, TX
12/13/2015*
4:00 PM, P12N
at Washington State L 68–84  6–3
Beasley Coliseum (1,917)
Pullman, WA
12/19/2015*
7:00 PM, ASN
New Mexico State
Battle of I-10
L 53–73  6–4
Don Haskins Center (9,040)
El Paso, TX
12/21/2015*
7:00 PM
Norfolk State
Sun Bowl Invitational semifinals
L 76–85  6–5
Don Haskins Center (7,746)
El Paso, TX
12/22/2015*
5:00 PM
Sam Houston State
Sun Bowl Invitational 3rd place game
W 87–68  7–5
Don Haskins Center (5,946)
El Paso, TX
12/29/2015*
7:05 PM
Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 85–64  8–5
Don Haskins Center (6,819)
El Paso, TX
Conference USA regular season
01/01/2016
7:00 PM, ASN
Rice W 61–60  9–5
(1–0)
Don Haskins Center (7,154)
El Paso, TX
01/03/2016
3:00 PM, ASN
North Texas W 84–75  10–5
(2–0)
Don Haskins Center (6,585)
El Paso, TX
01/07/2016
5:00 PM, ASN
at Middle Tennessee L 72–78  10–6
(2–1)
Murphy Center (4,105)
Murfreesboro, TN
01/09/2016
12:00 PM, CBSSN
at UAB L 80–87  10–7
(2–2)
Bartow Arena (4,287)
Birmingham, AL
01/16/2016
2:00 PM, ASN
at UTSA L 67–71  10–8
(2–3)
Convocation Center (1,550)
Birmingham, AL
01/21/2016
7:05 PM
Florida Atlantic W 71–56  11–8
(3–3)
Don Haskins Center (6,054)
El Paso, TX
01/23/2016
7:05 PM
FIU L 69–79  11–9
(3–4)
Don Haskins Center (7,688)
El Paso, TX
01/28/2016
6:00 PM
at Southern Miss L 58–71  11–10
(3–5)
Reed Green Coliseum (2,824)
Hattiesburg, MS
01/30/2016
2:00 PM, FSN
at Louisiana Tech L 70–78  11–11
(3–6)
Thomas Assembly Center (4,131)
Ruston, LA
02/04/2016
7:05 PM
Marshall W 112–108  12–11
(4–6)
Don Haskins Center (6,993)
El Paso, TX
02/06/2016
3:00 PM, FS1
WKU W 93–89 OT 13–11
(5–6)
Don Haskins Center (12,000)
El Paso, TX
02/11/2016
5:00 PM
at FIU W 84–74  14–11
(6–6)
FIU Arena (936)
Miami, FL
02/13/2016
4:00 PM, ASN
at Florida Atlantic W 89–82  15–11
(7–6)
FAU Arena (1,254)
Boca Raton, FL
02/18/2016
7:05 PM
Southern Miss W 78–73  16–11
(8–6)
Don Haskins Center (7,012)
El Paso, TX
02/20/2016
4:00 PM, CBSSN
Louisiana Tech W 91–80  17–11
(9–6)
Don Haskins Center (7,313)
El Paso, TX
02/25/2016
5:00 PM, FSN
at Old Dominion L 53–74  17–12
(9–7)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (6,887)
Norfolk, VA
02/27/2016
5:00 PM
at Charlotte L 78–88  17–13
(9–8)
Dale F. Halton Arena (5,813)
Charlotte, NC
03/05/2016
2:00 PM
UTSA W 81–74  18–13
(10–8)
Don Haskins Center (7,430)
El Paso, TX
Conference USA Tournament
03/09/2016
8:30 PM, ASN
vs. FIU
Second round
W 85–77  19–13
Legacy Arena (3,905)
Birmingham, AL
03/10/2016
8:30 PM, ASN
vs. Marshall
Quarterfinals
L 85–87  19–14
Legacy Arena (3,933)
Birmingham, AL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Time.

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