Conference USA’s hoops have returned to traditional league play, as the 2021-22 UTEP men’s basketball 18-game league schedule was released on Thursday.
Additionally, the women’s schedule returns to a more traditional format as well. via the 18-game 2021-22 Conference USA schedule for the UTEP women’s basketball team.
For the men, he 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.
The women 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.
UTEP’s men’s squad 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, December 30, and at Middle Tennessee on New Year’s Day.
The Miner men’s home opener in league play comes against LA Tech on Thursday, Jan. 6 and will then host Southern Miss on Jan. 8.
The remaining home games are against UTSA (January 30), Florida Atlantic (January 27), FIU (January 29), and Marshall (Sunday, February 13), while UTEP will conclude the regular season with three consecutive home contests against UAB (February 26), Rice (March 3) and North Texas (March 5).
The remaining road games are at Charlotte (January 13), ODU (January 15), UTSA (January 23), North Texas (February 3), Rice (February 5), LA Tech (February. 17) and Southern Miss (February 19).
UTEP will have a pair of byes on February 10 and 24.
The 2022 C-USA Tournament has not been officially announced yet, but will be held at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Since Golding’s hire, the Miners have signed four new players – junior college transfers Bonke Maring (Blinn College) and Jorell Saterfield (Ranger College), freshman point guard from France Kezza Giffa, and Georgetown transfer Jamari Sibley.
For the Miner women, Head Coach Kevin Baker cannot wait to hit the court once again.
“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).
The remaining home games are against Charlotte (Jan. 13), ODU (Jan. 15), UTSA (Jan. 23), North Texas (Feb. 3), Rice (Feb. 5), LA Tech (Feb. 17) and Southern Miss (Feb. 19).
The other road games will be played at LA Tech (Jan. 6), Southern Miss (Jan. 8), UTSA (Jan. 20), Florida Atlantic (Jan. 27), FIU (Jan. 29), Marshall (Feb. 13), UAB (Feb. 26), Rice (March 3) and North Texas (March 5).
UTEP will have a pair of byes on Feb. 10 and Feb. 24.
The 2022 C-USA Tournament has not been announced yet, but will be held at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Game times, and streaming/television coverage will be announced at a later date. The nonconference portion of the schedule is still being finalized.
Fans can purchase UTEP basketball season tickets by calling the Eisenberg Ticket Office at (915) 747-UTEP, emailing [email protected], by going online or in person (Brumbelow Building on UTEP campus, 201 Glory Road) Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For current season ticket holders, the renewal deadline is July 16.
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