Blazers desperate for a victory to keep any hope alive for NCAA bid. Blazers 23-5, 12-4. UTEP, No,21 in the country in Coaches Poll, 23-5, 14-1. Eli Millsap and company just have to shoot the ball better. Maybe they can work it inside to Howard Crawford, Kenneth Cooper and Cam Moore some more rather than take outside shots. Mike Davis said that much after the Memphis game Wednesday Night.

Blazers have to keep playing solid, hustling defense and get on the boards. UTEP's Randy Culpepper scored 32 points in a victory over Marshall Wed. Derrick Character is a load in the middle and gave the Blazers fits in the first game at Bartow, a double overtime victory for the Miners. UTEP regular season champ and No.1 seed in C-USA tourney starting next Wed. Blazers will play first day.

This is a very good basketball team the Blazers face, so it'll take maximum effort, both shooting and on the defensive end and the glass.