UTEP Miners Men's Basketball
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UTEP Miners Men's Basketball
UTEP Miners
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UniversityUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Head coachRodney Terry (1st season)
LocationEl Paso, Texas
ArenaDon Haskins Center
(Capacity: 11,892)
Student sectionMiner Maniacs
ColorsDark Blue, Orange, and Silver Accent[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Alternate jersey
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NCAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1964, 1966, 1967, 1992
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1985, 1987, 1989, 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
1957, 1959. 1970, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 2004, 2010

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


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 And the Walls Came Tumbling Down by Frank Fitzpatrick in 1999[2] and the 2006 Disney movie Glory Road.

The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.[3]


NCAA Tournament results

The Miners have appeared in seventeen NCAA Tournaments and were the 1966 National Champions. Their combined record is 14–16.

Year Round Opponent Result
1963 First Round Texas L 47–65
1964 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Texas A&M
Kansas State
W 68–62
L 60–64
W 63–52
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Championship Game
Oklahoma City
W 89–74
W 78–76
W 81–80
W 85–78
W 72–65
1967 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
W 62–54
L 63–72
W 69–67
1970 First Round Utah State L 81–91
1975 First Round Indiana L 53–78
1984* Second Round UNLV L 60–73
1985 First Round
Second Round
NC State
W 79–75
L 73–86
1986 First Round Bradley L 65–83
1987 First Round
Second Round
W 98–91 OT
L 82–84
1988 First Round Seton Hall L 64–80
1989 First Round
Second Round
W 85–74
L 69–92
1990 First Round Minnesota L 61–64 OT
1992 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
W 55–50
W 66–60
L 67–69
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.

NIT results

The Miners have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 6–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
1965 First Round Manhattan L 53–71
1972 First Round Niagara L 57–76
1980 First Round
Second Round
Wichita State
W 58–56
L 65–75
1981 First Round
Second Round
San Jose State
W 57–53
L 72–76
1993 First Round
Second Round
W 67–61
L 44–71
1995 First Round
Second Round
New Mexico State
W 90–60
L 89–92
2001 First Round
Second Round
McNeese State
W 84–74
L 65–90
2006 Opening Round
First Round
W 85–66
L 67–82
2011 First Round New Mexico L 57–69
2015 First Round Murray State L 66–81

CBI results

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.

Year Round Opponent Result
2008 First Round Utah L 69–81
2009 First Round
Finals Game 1
Finals Game 2
Finals Game 3
Oregon State
Oregon State
Oregon State
W 79–77
W 75–66
W 81–69
L 69–75
W 70–63
L 73–81
2014 First Round Fresno State L 56-61

Miners in the NBA

Retired numbers

Basketball Hall of Fame

Don Haskins Center

The Don Haskins Center (Capacity 11,892), 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).


  1. ^ The University of Texas at El Paso Graphic Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (March 4, 1999). And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Kentucky, Texas Western, and the Game That Changed American Sports. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-83551-7.
  3. ^ "1966 Texas Western". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  4. ^ Knight, Bill. "Ex-NBA, UTEP star Tim Hardaway will have jersey retired at game tonight". El Paso Times. Retrieved .

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