The UTEP men’s basketball team will return to the friendly confines of the Don Haskins Center for a season-long nine-game homestand starting on Monday.
The Miners will play three home games in six days next week, beginning with Lamar on Monday, Nov. 27 (7 p.m.), and continuing with arch-rivals NM State on Thursday, Nov. 30 (8 p.m.) and New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 2 (7 p.m.).
The late tip-off for NM State is due to the UTEP women hosting New Mexico at 5:30 p.m. One ticket price, starting as low as $8, will get fans into both games.
Lamar posted 19 victories last season and participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Cardinals have four starters back and are picked to win the Southland Conference by some preseason publications. They opened the season with a 74-67 victory at Tulsa and will carry a 4-1 record to El Paso following a 105-67 rout of Southern University (New Orleans) on Wednesday.
Monday is “Cure the Monday Blues & Blue Out The Don” night, and fans are asked to wear blue to the game. The first 500 fans will receive free hot dogs, and halftime will feature a jazz performance by the Jesus Castillo Trio.
On Thursday, wear orange and “Orange Out the Don for the Battle of I-10.” Come right after work and watch the UTEP women, under the direction of first-year coach Kevin Baker, battle UNM. The first 500 fans at the men’s game will receive orange t-shirts, and orange Foam Fingers will also be given away. The Alchemy Karate Group will perform at halftime.
On Saturday, wear white and “White Out the Don for an Old Rival” as the New Mexico Lobos will make their first appearance in the Don Haskins Center since January of 2008. The first 500 fans will receive white t-shirts.
The Lamar game is sponsored by Albertsons and Entravision. NM State is sponsored by Albertsons, All State and First Light Federal Credit Union. New Mexico is sponsored by Albertsons, All State and GECU.
FirstLight Federal Credit Union is the sponsor of the UTEP-NM State rivalry.
Call 747-5234 for tickets.