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November 30, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Scouting report: UTEP

Vince Hunter (left) and Julian Washburn (right) lead UTEP against Washington in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy title game Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo credit: AP)

Vince Hunter (left) and Julian Washburn (right) lead UTEP against Washington in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy title game Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo credit: AP)

Scouting report: UTEP.
Game info: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Honda Center (18,336) in Anaheim, Calif.

TV: ESPN2 (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Tom Glasglow and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 4-0.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: UTEP and Washington.

Coach: Tim Floyd is 85-52 in his fifth season with the Miners. He’s second on the school’s career wins list behind Don Haskins (719). Floyd is 413-232 as a college coach, which includes stops at USC (2005-09), Iowa State (1994-98), New Orleans (1988-94) and Idaho (1986-88). Floyd was also the head coach of the NBA Chicago Bulls (1998-2002) and New Orleans Hornets (2003-04). He has a 3-6 record against Washington and he’s 3-5 versus Lorenzo Romar.
Prediction: Picked to finish second in the 14-team Conference USA by league coaches in a preseason poll.

Series: UTEP leads 4-3 – including a four-game winning streak – in a series that began in 1963.
Last meeting: The Miners won 74-62 on Dec. 6, 2002.

Previous game: UTEP beat Princeton 77-73 in the DirecTV Wooden Legacy semifinals on Friday.
Point spread: The Miners are a 3-point favorite.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Sophomore forward Vince Hunter is the first UTEP player to register double doubles in the first four games of the season since 1964. He’s averaging 18.0 points and 12.5 rebounds and is on pace to become the first Miner to average a double double for the season since 1982. Hunter is shooting 49 percent from the field, but he’s shaky at the free throw line where he’s 59.4 percent.

Hunter has led UTEP in rebounding in every game and he’s been the top scorer in three contests, including a season-high 23-point outing. He was the C-USA Freshman of the Year winner after averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.

— Senior Julian Washburn is a two-time C-USA all-defensive team choice. The 6-8 guard led UTEP with 33 steals last season. He has six this season. Washburn averaged a team-high 13.1 points per game last season, but he’s off to a slow start this season and averages 9.0 with a .308 shooting percentage.

OVERVIEW

— UTEP is a veteran group that returns four starters and eight of its top nine scorers from a team that was 23-11 last season.

— The Miners began the season at home and blew away Washington State 65-52. They’ve prevailed in two close games in the Wooden Legacy to reach the title game. UTEP beat Princeton 62-56 and toppled Xavier 77-73. They also have a 77-76 win over New Mexico State.

— The Miners are outstanding at drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. They’ve taken 103 free throws compared to 58 for their opponents. However, they’re shooting just 65 percent at the charity stripe.

— UTEP has NCAA tournament aspirations after last season’s campaign was derailed due to scandal. Floyd dismissed three players from school in January due to allegations of betting on sports. The Miners finished tied for fifth in the conference and received an invite to the CBI tournament.

STARTING LINEUP:
F – Cedrick Lane, 6-10, 255, Sr., 12.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg., .667 FG%, .650 FT%
G – Julian Washburn, 6-8, 210, Sr., 9.0, 4.3, 3.3, .308 FG%, .800 FT%
F – Vince Hunter, 6-8, 205, So., 18.0, 12.5, 1.8 apg., .491 FG%, .594 FT%
G – C.J. Cooper, 6-0, 190, Sr., 11.8, 2.3, 4.8 apg., .522 FG%, .563 3FG%
G – Omega Harris, 6-2, 170, Fr., 6.3, 3.3, 1.8, .384 FG%, .625 FT%

 

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