UTEP Miners basketball

UTEP Miners
2016–17 UTEP Miners basketball team
University University of Texas at El Paso
Conference C-USA
Location El Paso, TX
Head coach Tim Floyd (7th year)
Arena Don Haskins Center
(Capacity: 12,222)
Nickname Miners
Student section Miner Maniacs
Colors Dark Blue, Orange, and Silver[1]
NCAA Tournament champions
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1964, 1966, 1967, 1992
NCAA Tournament appearances
1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2004, 2005, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2005
Conference regular season champions
1970, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 2004, 2010

The UTEP Miners basketball team is an NCAA Division I men's college basketball team competing in the Conference USA. Home games are played at Don Haskins Center, located on University of Texas at El Paso's campus in El Paso, Texas.

Don Haskins Center

The Don Haskins Center (Capacity 12,222), the home of UTEP Miners basketball. With fans seated extremely close to the playing floor and the UTEP student section located near the opponent's bench, "The Don" is so notorious as a tough place for opponents to win that UTEP has historically had difficulty convincing top-rated teams to play there. The Don is the home of the UTEP Miners, who are the only Division 1 Men's National Basketball Champions in the State of Texas (1966).

1966 Texas Western basketball team

As Texas Western, the Miners won the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The 7265 victory over Kentucky in College Park, Maryland is considered one of the most important in the history of college basketball, as it marked the first time that a team with five African-American starters won a title game. It came against a Kentucky team that had no African-American players, during the period of the Civil Rights Movement.

The title team has been chronicled throughout the American media, including the book When the Walls Came Tumbling Down by Frank Fitzpatrick and the 2006 Disney movie Glory Road.

The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.


NCAA Tournament results

The Miners have appeared in seventeen NCAA Tournaments and were the 1966 National Champions. Their combined record is 1416.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1963 First Round Texas L 4765
1964 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Texas A&M
Kansas State
W 6862
L 6064
W 6352
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Oklahoma City
W 8974
W 7876
W 8180
W 8578
W 7265
1967 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
W 6254
L 6372
W 6967
1970 First Round Utah State L 8191
1975 First Round Indiana L 5378
1984* Second Round UNLV L 6073
1985 First Round
Second Round
North Carolina State
W 7579
L 7386
1986 First Round Bradley L 6583
1987 First Round
Second Round
W 9891 OT
L 8284
1988 First Round Seton Hall L 6480
1989 First Round
Second Round
W 8574
L 6992
1990 First Round Minnesota L 6164 OT
1992 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
W 5550
W 6660
L 6769
2004 First Round Maryland L 8386
2005 First Round Utah L 5460
2010 First Round Butler L 5977

NIT results

The Miners have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 610.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1965 First Round Manhattan L 5371
1972 First Round Niagara L 5776
1980 First Round
Second Round
Wichita State
W 5856
L 6575
1981 First Round
Second Round
San Jose State
W 5753
L 7276
1993 First Round
Second Round
W 6761
L 4471
1995 First Round
Second Round
New Mexico State
W 9060
L 8992
2001 First Round
Second Round
McNeese State
W 8474
L 6590
2006 Opening Round
First Round
W 8566
L 6782
2011 First Round New Mexico L 5769
2015 First Round Murray State L 6681

CBI results

The Miners have appeared in three College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 44 and they advanced to the finals in the 2009 tournament.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2008 First Round Utah L 6981
2009 First Round
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Finals Game 3
Oregon State
Oregon State
Oregon State
W 7977
W 7566
W 8169
L 6975
W 6370
L 7381
2014 First Round Fresno State L 56–61

Notable players

Retired numbers

Basketball Hall of Fame

National rankings

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll 1. 2009-2010: The Miners cracked the rankings in Week 15 (February 22, 2010). They stayed in the rankings for four consecutive weeks and peaked at #21 in Week 17 (March 8, 2010).

AP Poll 1. 2009-2010: UTEP cracked the AP Top 25 in Week 16 at #24 (March 1, 2010) and remained in the rankings for two weeks. The Miners peaked at #24 before falling out in the post-season rankings.


  1. UTEP Graphic Identity Guide (PDF). 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  2. Knight, Bill. "Ex-NBA, UTEP star Tim Hardaway will have jersey retired at game tonight". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2013-02-11.
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