UTEP Miners men's basketball
The UTEP Miners basketball team plays for University of Texas at El Paso in El Paso, Texas. The team is an NCAA Division I men's college basketball team competing in the Conference USA. Home games are played at Don Haskins Center.
|University||University of Texas at El Paso|
|Head coach||Rodney Terry (1st season)|
|Location||El Paso, Texas|
|Arena||Don Haskins Center |
|Student section||Miner Maniacs|
|Colors||Dark Blue, Orange, and Silver Accent|
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1964, 1966, 1967, 1992|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1985, 1987, 1989, 1992|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2004, 2005, 2010|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2005|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1957, 1959. 1970, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 2004, 2010|
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1966 Texas Western basketball teamEdit
As Texas Western, the Miners won the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The 72–65 victory over Kentucky in College Park, Maryland is considered one of the most important in the history of college basketball, as it marked the first time that a team with five African-American starters won a title game. It came against a Kentucky team that had no African-American players, during the period of the Civil Rights Movement.
NCAA Tournament resultsEdit
The Miners have appeared in seventeen NCAA Tournaments and were the 1966 National Champions. Their combined record is 14–16.
|1963||First Round||Texas||L 47–65|
Regional Third Place Game
Regional Third Place Game
|1970||First Round||Utah State||L 81–91|
|1975||First Round||Indiana||L 53–78|
|1984*||Second Round||UNLV||L 60–73|
|1986||First Round||Bradley||L 65–83|
|W 98–91 OT|
|1988||First Round||Seton Hall||L 64–80|
|1990||First Round||Minnesota||L 61–64 OT|
|2004||First Round||Maryland||L 83–86|
|2005||First Round||Utah||L 54–60|
|2010||First Round||Butler||L 59–77|
- Received a first round bye in 1984.
The Miners have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.
|1965||First Round||Manhattan||L 53–71|
|1972||First Round||Niagara||L 57–76|
|San Jose State
New Mexico State
|2011||First Round||New Mexico||L 57–69|
|2015||First Round||Murray State||L 66–81|
The Miners have appeared in three College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 4–4 and they advanced to the finals in the 2009 tournament.
|2008||First Round||Utah||L 69–81|
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Finals Game 3
|2014||First Round||Fresno State||L 56–61|
Miners in the NBAEdit
Basketball Hall of FameEdit
Don Haskins CenterEdit
The Don Haskins Center (Capacity 11,892), the home of UTEP Miners basketball. With fans seated extremely close to the playing floor and the UTEP student section located near the opponent's bench, "The Don" is so notorious as a tough place for opponents to win that UTEP has historically had difficulty convincing top-rated teams to play there. The Don is the home of the UTEP Miners, who are the only Division 1 Men's National Basketball Champions in the State of Texas (1966).
- The University of Texas at El Paso Graphic Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- Fitzpatrick, Frank (March 4, 1999). And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game That Changed American Sports. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-83551-7.
- "1966 Texas Western". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Knight, Bill. "Ex-NBA, UTEP star Tim Hardaway will have jersey retired at game tonight". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2013-02-11.