Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Southland) vs. Texas-El Paso (Conference USA)
College Station, TX (Neutral) -- NIT Season Tip-Off
6:00 PM EST
A current mid-major darling meets one of our favorite Mid-Majority ex-pats tonight in the early game of the Texas A&M-College Station
pod of the P-NIT. The Islanders, defending SLC champions, are a study in bootstrapability, taking just seven years to go from blueprint to NCAA Tournament. They return fifth-year senior 7-footer Chris Daniels, the most dominating player in that league last year, and they'll see if they can rebound from a weird 72-64 loss
to the SWAC's Texas Southern Tigers. TAMUCC turned the ball over 28 percent of the time in that game.
The Miners, for their part, are coming off an easy season-opening SWAC win over Pine Bluff
. They seem to have an emerging scoring stud in senior Stefan Jackson, who might end up being remembered as the dude who got punched by a teammate
two years ago. I choose to remember simpler times... like 2004-05, when UTEP put together 27 wins as a WAC member. We followed them every day here on The Mid-Majority that year, but lost touch when they upped and left for the land of the Money Conferences. It's hard to root against a school that has the most recent (unofficial) "mid-major" national title
... but tonight, we will.
(Honorable mention: Alabama at Mercer
. Let's keep it up, A-Sun.)UTEP 77, TAMCC 62