UTEP Miners basketball
|University||University of Texas at El Paso|
|Location||El Paso, TX|
|Head coach||Tim Floyd (5th year)|
|Arena||Don Haskins Center
|Student section||Miner Maniacs|
Orange and Blue
|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 72–65 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 Basketball Hall of Fame
NCAA Tournament results
The Miners have appeared in seventeen NCAA Tournaments and were the 1966 National Champions. Their combined record is 14–16.
|1963||First Round||Texas||L 47–65|
Regional Third Place Game
Regional Third Place Game
|1970||First Round||Utah State||L 81–91|
|1975||First Round||Indiana||L 53–78|
|1984*||Second Round||UNLV||L 60–73|
North Carolina State
|1986||First Round||Bradley||L 65–83|
|W 98–91 OT
|1988||First Round||Seton Hall||L 64–80|
|1990||First Round||Minnesota||L 61–64 OT|
|2004||First Round||Maryland||L 83–86|
|2005||First Round||Utah||L 54–60|
|2010||First Round||Butler||L 59–77|
- Received a first round bye in 1984.
The Miners have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.
|1965||First Round||Manhattan||L 53–71|
|1972||First Round||Niagara||L 57–76|
|San Jose State
New Mexico State
|2011||First Round||New Mexico||L 57–69|
|2015||First Round||Murray State||L 66–81|
The Miners have appeared in three College Basketball Invitationals. Their combined record is 4–4 and they advanced to the finals in the 2009 tournament.
|2008||First Round||Utah||L 69–81|
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Finals Game 3
|2014||First Round||Fresno State||L 56–61|
- Togo Railey
- David Palaciao
- Harry Flournoy
- Louis Baudoin
- Tiny Archibald
- Tim Hardaway
- Antonio Davis
- Jim Barnes
- Greg Foster
- Nolan Richardson
- Julyan Stone
- Randy Culpepper
- Tim Hardaway 10
- Tiny Archibald 14
- Bobby Joe Hill 14
- Jim Barnes 45
- Nolan Richardson 42
- Harry Flournoy 44
- David Lattin 43
- Willie Cager 10
- Timothy Clark 7
- Jerry Armstrong 52
Basketball Hall of Fame
- Don Haskins - Basketball Hall of Fame class of 1997
- Nathaniel Archibald - Basketball Hall of Fame class of 1991
- 1966 Texas Western team - Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2007
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.
- Knight, Bill. "Ex-NBA, UTEP star Tim Hardaway will have jersey retired at game tonight". El Paso Times. Retrieved 2013-02-11.