UTEP to Christen 51st Sun Bowl Tourney Against Ark.-Pine Bluff
Dec. 21, 2012
The Last Meeting
December 29, 2011
Don Haskins Center
Central Michigan and Nebraska will square off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with UTEP battling Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7. The consolation game is at 5 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the championship at 7.
UTEP has posted an all-time record of 77-23 in the Sun Bowl Invitational. The Miners have won titles on 28 occasions, most recently in 2009, and played in the championship game 40 times (there was no championship game in 2010). The event originated in 1961 as the Sun Carnival Basketball Tournament and took Don Haskins' name in 2009.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff has played its first 10 games away from home, posting an 0-8 road record and a 1-1 mark on neutral floors.
The Golden Lions lost at Hawaii (81-54), Washington State (66-38), Arizona State (67-54), Oregon (80-59), San Diego State (79-43), Michigan State (76-44), Air Force (65-49) and Akron (76-46), and split games versus Houston Baptist (lost 72-68) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (won 62-52) in Honolulu.
UAPB carries a seven-game losing streak into the Sun Bowl Invitational.
The Golden Lions ranked 343rd out of 345 Division I teams in scoring offense entering the week. UAPB is averaging 51.7 points per game.
The Golden Lions were also 341st in scoring margin (-19.7 ppg), field goal percentage (.347) and rebound margin (-11.0 rpg).
Junior forward Davon Haynes is the team's leading scorer (12.4 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg). Senior guard Lazabian Jackson adds 11.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg.
UTEP has won all seven previous meetings with UAPB -- all in the Haskins Center -- by an average of 27.3 points. The Miners are facing the Golden Lions for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff was in the Sun Bowl Invitational field last year as well. The Miners routed the Golden Lions in the tournament consolation game, 79-58, after losing to Colorado State, 56-53, in the first round.