— UTSA Basketball (@UTSAMBB) February 10, 2018
The surging UTSA Roadrunners will start a three-game Conference USA road swing Saturday night in El Paso against UTEP.
UTSA (13-11, 6-5) and UTEP (7-16, 2-9) will meet at the Haskins Center in a game that starts at 8 p.m. central time.
If the Roadrunners win, they would complete a two-game, regular-season sweep of the Miners for the first time in five seasons of UTSA’s membership in the C-USA.
UTSA beat UTEP 65-61 in San Antonio on Jan. 20.
A victory also would keep alive hopes for the Roadrunners to claim a top-four finish in the C-USA standings, which would be rewarded with a first-round bye in the postseason tournament.
Currently, Middle Tennessee leads the conference at 11-1, followed by Old Dominion and Western Kentucky at 9-2 and Marshall and North Texas at 7-4.
After winning three straight, UTSA is in sixth place at 6-5, while Louisiana Tech and Alabama-Birmingham are tied for seventh at 6-6.
Freshman guard Jhivvan Jackson has led the Roadrunners in wins over UAB, Marshall and Western Kentucky, averaging 23 points per game during the streak.
The Roadrunners play on the road next week at Old Dominion and Charlotte.
UTEP swept two games against UTSA in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
UTSA split in each of the past two years, winning at home and losing on the road.
All time, UTSA is 4-10 overall against UTEP and 1-7 in El Paso.
The Roadrunners’ one and only victory over the Miners at the Haskins Center came on Nov. 11, 2011.
On that night, UTSA guard Michael Hale III produced 12 points, 3 assists and 3 steals as the Roadrunners won the season opener for both teams, 73-64.
Sophomore guard Giovanni De Nicolao drives and twists a reverse layup off the glass in UTSA’s 65-61 victory over UTEP on Jan. 20.