EL PASO – Conference USA men’s hoops have returned to traditional league play, as the 2021-22 UTEP men’s basketball 18-game league schedule was released on Thursday.
The league slate will feature six home-and-home series after moving away from Bonus Play a few years back, and playing back-to-back nights a season ago. UTEP will take on its six C-USA West Division foes LA Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB and UTSA twice. The Miners will also face East Division teams Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee and ODU.
“Conference USA is a tough and competitive league. This league has tremendous players and great coaches,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Joe Golding said. “We have the upmost respect for every program is this league. We are excited about going back to traditional scheduling and competing in divisions. We look forward to having our fans back in the Haskins Center and making it the toughest place to play in the league!”
UTEP will open C-USA action on the road at UAB on Thursday, Dec. 30, and at Middle Tennessee on New Year’s Day.
The Miners’ home opener in league play comes against LA Tech on Thursday, Jan. 6 and will then host Southern Miss on Jan. 8.
EL PASO – A return to a more traditional format highlights the 18-game 2021-22 Conference USA schedule for the UTEP women’s basketball team, as announced Thursday.
The Miners will have home-and-home matchups against LA Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB and UTSA. UTEP will also square off against Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Marshall, Middle Tennessee and ODU.
“We are so excited for the season ahead. Conference USA has put together a very competitive conference schedule once again,” fifth-year UTEP Head Coach Kevin Baker said. “Like in years past, we will focus on divisional play rather than one overall champion. We think this will add to the overall excitement of league play. The NCAA transfer portal has given our conference a major boost in talent. This will lead to extraordinary tough games and competitiveness from top to bottom. Every game will be an awesome event. Each year our conference gets better. This season may be its best yet. Come out and support your Miners. The season will be filled with on-the-edge-of-your-seat nail biters!”
League play commences in the Haskins Center on Thursday, Dec. 30 against UAB and on New Year’s Day against Middle Tennessee.
The Miners will then hit the road to play at LA Tech (Jan. 6) and Southern Miss (Jan. 8).