All-Time Greats: Jim Barnes, Nate 'Tiny' Archibald, Stefon Jackson
Rivals: New Mexico State University Aggies, University of New Mexico Lobos
Texas El-Paso Miners Basketball Tickets
The Texas El-Paso Miners are entering the 2019-20 season with a lot of optimism. As a fairly young basketball team, the UTEP Miners were first formed in 1963. After losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that year, the Miners quickly turned things around. Between 1964 and 1992, the UTEP Miners made four Sweet Sixteen appearances and one Final Four showing. In 1996, the UTEP Miners gained national attention for becoming the first team in NCAA basketball history to start five black players in an NCAA tournament. During the period of the Civil Rights Movement, this victory spoke to fans across the nation. With strong community roots and an outward drive for success, the Texas El-Paso Miners are a fun team to watch. Texas El-Paso Miners tickets can be purchased at StubHub.
Who is the head coach for the Texas El-Paso Miners men’s basketball team?
At the present time, the leadership of the Texas El-Paso Miners falls into the hands of Coach Rodney Terry. Guiding the team since 2018, Terry has a current record of 8-21. Appointed as the 19th head coach of UTEP men's basketball, Terry is expecting a good season this year with a vast player talent pool. Prior coaches have included Phil Johnson (2017-18), Tim Floyd (2010-17) and Tony Barbee (2006-10).
Have the Texas El-Paso Miners ever won a national title?
In 1966, the UTEP Miners won their first and only National Championship title. With five black starters and the defeat of an all-white team, this was an event that shook the social constructs of the time. This team was later inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and became the basis for a book titled Glory Road.
How big is the Don Haskins Center?
Gaining its name from a legendary UTEP basketball coach, the Don Haskins Center was opened in 1977. Serving as the home of UTEP men's and women's basketball teams, this facility is configured as an octagon and includes 11,619 permanent seats. Constructed on a $10 million budget, the Don Haskins Center is also used by many other area schools.
Do the Texas El-Paso Miners have any rival teams?
Some of the UTEP Miners' most notorious rivalries are also neighbors. Located just a few hundred miles away, the New Mexico State University Aggies have always been a source of contention for the UTEP Miners. With an annual matchup against each other known as the Battle of I-10, the NMSU Aggies and UTEP Miners are friendly but long-standing foes. This 105-year-old rivalry speaks volumes to the community that supports the UTEP Miners long-term. Despite the anticipated Texas El-Paso Miners schedule every year, this event is not one to miss out on.
What conference do the Texas El-Paso Miners play in?
The UTEP Miners are members of Conference USA. As previous members of the Western Athletic Conference from 1967 to 2005, the UTEP Miners left the WAC along with Tulsa and SMU. Just before switching from WAC to Conference USA, the UTEP Miners won the WAC Tournament title for the first time since 1990. Now, the UTEP Miners schedule has them matched up with teams like NMSU and AR-Pine Bluff for a continued challenge.
Who are some of the most notable players who have been a part of the team?
Some of the most well-known alumni from the UTEP Miners' basketball team are David Lattin, Bobby Joe Hill, Willie Cager, Willie Worsley, Jerry Armstrong, Orsten Artis, Nevil Shed, Harry Flournoy, Togo Railey, Louis Baudoin, Dick Myers and David Palacio. These individuals comprised the notorious 1966 team. Other honorable mentions include Jim Barnes, Nate 'Tiny' Archibald and Stefon Jackson.Back to Top