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UTEP Men’s Basketball releases schedule


EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The 2023-24 UTEP men’s basketball schedule has been finalized, with the non-conference slate being revealed by head coach Joe Golding Wednesday. The Orange and Blue could face up to eight opponents during non-league play that racked up at least 19 wins last year, with five of those matchups coming at home.

“I’m excited about the schedule,” head coach Joe Golding said. “We worked really hard on it. Scheduling has become very difficult unfortunately across the country for lots of different reasons. I’m glad to have it completed, and I’m glad that we’re getting it out to our fans. I’m excited about it. We’re going to have some really good home games, and then we’ve got some tough road games as well. I’m extremely excited about the schedule.”

The Miners open the season with four straight home contests, facing non-Division I foes McMurry University (11/6) and University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (11/9) before battling UCSB (11/13) and Austin Peay (11/17). The Gauchos won 27 games last year and played in the NCAA Tournament. The match-up with the Governors, who added 12 transfers, is part of the 2023 SoCal Challenge (MTE).

UTEP will continue the SoCal Challenge with neutral-site games against Pacific-12 member Cal (11/20) and either Tulane or Bradley on Nov. 22. The Green Wave won 20 tilts a year ago while the Braves piled up 25 victories and advanced to the NIT.

The Miners’ first true road contest will be at LMU (11/25), which finished 19-12 last year (13-3 at home). UTEP will also face perennial Pac-12 power Oregon (12/9) and Abilene Christian (12/17) on the road. The Ducks are one of four DI programs with 20-plus victories in 13 straight seasons, qualifying for postseason play every year it was possible (no postseason in play 2019-20 due to COVID-19). The tilt against ACU will afford Golding the opportunity to return to the program he led to two NCAA tournament bids in three years during his successful 10-season run.

The Orange and Blue have a mini two-game homestand with tilts against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (11/29) and Western New Mexico (12/4) before heading to Oregon. The Islanders have posted consecutive 20-plus win seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of them.

The 2023 WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational will be held from Dec. 20-21, with the Miners opening play against Norfolk State. UTEP will then face either South Dakota State or Wyoming in its second contest of the event. The Spartans will be seeking their third straight season with at least 20 wins while the Jackrabbits haven’t experienced a losing campaign since 2009-10. SDSU has eight postseason berths in that timeframe and was 19-13 last year.

The final two nonconference matchups come against Seattle U (12/30) and Chicago State (1/7). Both are slated for the Sun City. The Redhawks have reached 20 triumphs in back-to-back years.

The entire 2023-24 schedule follows below.

Season tickets are now on sale and may be purchased through the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office by calling (915) 747-UTEP, emailing, visiting, or in person at 201 Glory Road (Brumbelow Building, UTEP Campus), Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2023-24 UTEP Men’s Basketball Schedule

Nov. 6Monday7 p.m.McMurryDon Haskins Center
Nov. 9Thursday7 p.m.University of Science & Arts of OklahomaDon Haskins Center
Nov. 13MondayTBDUCSBDon Haskins Center
Nov. 17Friday7 p.m.Austin Peay$Don Haskins Center
Nov. 20MondayTBDvs. Cal$San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Nov. 22WednesdayTBDvs. Tulane/Bradley$San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Nov. 25Saturday5 LMULos Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 29Wednesday7 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiDon Haskins Center
Dec. 4Monday7 p.m.Western New MexicoDon Haskins Center
Dec. 9SaturdayTBDat OregonEugene, Ore.
Dec. 17Sunday2 Abilene Christian%Abilene, Texas
Dec. 20WednesdayTBDNorfolk State&Don Haskins Center
Dec. 21ThursdayTBDWyoming/South Dakota State&Don Haskins Center
Dec. 30Saturday7 p.m.Seattle U%Don Haskins Center
Jan. 4ThursdayTBDat NM State*Las Cruces, N.M.
Jan. 7Sunday2 p.m.Chicago StateDon Haskins Center
Jan. 13SaturdayTBDat FIU*Miami, Fla.
Jan. 18Thursday7 p.m.Middle Tennessee*Don Haskins Center
Jan. 20Saturday7 p.m.WKU*Don Haskins Center
Jan. 25Thursday5 LA Tech*Ruston, La.
Jan. 27SaturdayTBDat Sam Houston*Huntsville, Texas
Feb. 1Thursday7 p.m.Jax State*Don Haskins Center
Feb. 3Saturday7 p.m.Liberty*Don Haskins Center
Feb. 10Saturday7 p.m.NM State*Don Haskins Center
Feb. 15ThursdayTBDat WKU*Bowling Green, Ky.
Feb. 17SaturdayTBDat Middle Tennessee*Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Feb. 22Thursday7 p.m.LA Tech*Don Haskins Center
Feb. 24Saturday7 p.m.Sam Houston*Don Haskins Center
Feb. 29Thursday5 Jax State*Jacksonville, Ala.
March 2Saturday5 Liberty*Lynchburg, Va.
March 7Thursday7 p.m.FIU*Don Haskins Center

Home Games in Bold

$ denotes SoCal Challenge

% denotes CUSA/WAC Scheduling Initiative

& denotes WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational

* denotes Conference USA game

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