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MU-UTEP previews

My 2 cents on the game tonight, in which the Herd will have to do a better job on Randy Culpepper and Julyan Stone.

One little advisory tonight: With the late start tonight, we’ll be economical with the game story. With our too-early print deadline, we will be holding for it. (And in the slim chance you go to the West Virginia Conference women’s tournament today, stop by and say hello.)

Not sure what we’ll do if the Herd draws the 10 p.m. Eastern slot next week.

Here is the El Paso Times’ preview. Note at the bottom that tickets start at $14. And take a gander up top at the local weather. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Conference tournaments fired up Tuesday, so let’s start the NIT watch. As you know, conference regular-season champions are guaranteed a spot in the NIT (Great West excluded), and will suck a spot from the 32-team field. There were eight such teams last year, though the seedings indicated that Kent State could have gotten in otherwise.

The Big South started on campus with Coastal Carolina winning. Both semifinals are Thursday at Coastal, with the finals Saturday at the highest seed. 

The Atlantic Sun kicks off at Macon, Ga., with Belmont the top seed.

The Horizon began Tuesday on campus, with action moving to top seed UW-Milwaukee for Friday and Saturday. Milwaukee and Butler received two-round byes to the semifinals, and Cleveland State also is an NIT candidate.

The Ohio Valley and Patriot begin today. The OVC is in Nashville, with champ Murray State and Morehead State getting a two-round bye. Morehead merits NIT watching. The Patriot is on campus, with Bucknell the champ and American No. 2. Not sure American meets the NIT cut on its own.