On Monday, the UTEP Miners will play host to the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Gauchos are unfamiliar with the Miners, as they have never played before. Santa Barbara is ranked No. 158 in the KenPom rankings going into El Paso, while UTEP is ranked No. 148.
After defeating Unvscience 123-72 in their most recent game, the UTEP Miners climbed to 2-0 for the year. With 19 points per game, Elijah Jones leads the Miners in scoring. Otis Frazier III and Corey Camper Jr. each contribute 15 points apiece, with Frazier III adding 4 assists. The Miners’ top assist producer this season is Tae Hardy, who leads the team with 12.5 points per game and a team-high 7 assists per match. Other double-digit shooters for UTEP include Calvin Solomon (11.5 PPG and 2.5 SPG) and Derick Hamilton (12 PPG). Kevin Kalu leads the Miners in rebounding this season with a team-high 8.5 rebounds per contest.
The UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos are hoping to bounce back from their previous game defeat to Portland State, which ended in an 82-76 score. With 21 points, including 3 threes, Cole Anderson topped the Gauchos in scoring. Jean Pierre-Louis finished with 16 points from 6 of 9 shooting, a team-high five assists, and two steals. The final member of UCSB’s three double-digit scorers in the defeat was Yohan Traore, who finished with 11 points. Matija Belic finished with 6 points as well as a team-high 5 assists, while Ariel Bland contributed 9 points as well as a team-high 13 rebounds. In their unsuccessful effort, UC-Santa Barbara’s squad shot 51.9% from the floor, 40% from three, plus 70.6% from the foul line. The Gauchos finished the previous season in the initial round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big West Conference Championship Tournament. 49.6% from their 2022–2023 scoring roster was returned.
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UC Santa Barbara vs UTEP Game Information
- Date: 11/13/2023
- Time: 09:00 PM ET
- Location: Don Haskins Center.
- How to Watch UC Santa Barbara vs UTEP: ESPN2
- Live Stream: CBS.com