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Texas Longhorns Basketball Season Preview History

Texas Longhorns Basketball Season Preview History

Texas Longhorns 2015-16 College Basketball Preview

2015-16 represents a new chapter in Texas Longhorns Basketball history. Legendary Longhorns basketball coach Rick Barnes has handed the reigns of the Horns basketball program over to rising coaching star Shaka Smart. Smart inherits a talented Longhorns roster that is highlighted by senior center Cameron Ridley and junior point guard Isaiah Taylor. Smart is known for his “havoc” defensive schemes that often utilize full court pressure, and agility to disrupt opposing offenses. The 2015-16 Longhorns basketball team will rely heavily on its upper classmen, with Javon Felix, Connor Lammert, and Prince Ibeh all expected to play big minutes. Texas will also welcome talented freshmen Tvin Mack, Eric Davis, and Kerwin Roach. The Texas Longhorns will be tested early and often on their 2015-16 schedule with non-conference games scheduled against Washington, North Carolina, and UCONN. If Texas is able to adjust to the new coaching scheme, the Longhorns should be contenders in a very packed Big 12 conference in 2015-16.

Texas Longhorns 2014-15 College Basketball Preview

The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprises of the 2013-15 college basketball season. Coming off one of their worst years in team history, a young Longhorns team rebounded to win 24 games, including a buzzer beater against Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament. From that team, Rick Barnes and company bring back stars Isaiah Taylor, Jonathan Holmes, Cameron Ridley, Damarcus Croaker, and Javan Felix, as well as 9 other returning players. The Longhorns added a stellar recruiting class and freshmen Myles Turner, Jordan Barnett, and Joe Schwartz should all see minutes for the Texas Longhorns in 2014-15. The keys for Texas this season will be similar to last season, if Cameron Ridley can dominate inside, and Isaiah Taylor continue to mature as one of the best point guards in the Big 12, the Longhorns could easily finish the season as Big 12 champions.

Texas Longhorns 2013-14 College Basketball Preview

The Longhorns are coming off one of their worst seasons in recent years, and head coach Rick Barnes is hoping to get the ship righted before it's too late. Javan Felix and Jonathan Holmes will be counted on for most of the scoring in the backcourt, while Connor Lammert and Cameron Ridley will be cleaning up what comes to them in the paint. The fans in Austin are used to competing with Kansas for the Big 12 title, but the hope for this season is a NCAA tournament berth.

Texas will travel to North Carolina on Dec. 16 for a game againts the Tar Heels before returning home to host pre-season #1 Michigan State. The three biggest conference home games at the Erwin Center will be against Oklahoma (Jan. 4), Kansas (Feb. 1) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 11).

Texas Longhorns 2011-12 College Basketball Preview

It’s never a rebuilding year for head coach Rick Barnes and his team from Austin. However, he Longhorns come in to the 2011-12 season losing all five of their starters, including NBA-bound talents Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Jordan Hamilton. So while the team has to restock talent, it will be with players like McDonalds All-American point guard Myck Kabongo.

Kabongo had originally planned to go to UT before deciding to widen his search out of high school. However, he did finally decide to go down to Austin thanks to Barnes’ track record with point guards in the NBA. Whether he is a one-and-done player depends on the NBA’s new contract, but while he’s in burnt orange, he’ll be on a team with mostly new players.

One of the few players around from the previous season is Kabongo’s backcourt mate, junior shooting guard J’Covan Brown, who will start the year as a leader by default. If Kabongo and Brown form a rapport and build a strong guard tandem, and senior forward-center hybrid Alexis Wangneme and freshmen forwards Jonathan Holmes and Jaylen Bond help create an interior presence, then sky’s the limit for the Longhorns in 2011-12.

Texas Basketball 2009-2010 Preview:

The 2009-2010 Texas Longhorns Men's Basketball team should be one of the best teams in the nation. The Horns will be competiting with the Kansas Jayhawks for the top spot in the Big 12 and for the top rank in country. UT Head Coach Rick Barnes has a mix of experienced seniors and talented freshman, who should make Texas a top contender for a spot in the NCAA Final Four. Texas seniors Damion James and Dexter Pittman have legitimate Player of the Year credentials, while freshman Avery Bradley has a shot at being the top freshman in college basketball. The Longhorns will be one of best in the Big 12 and should be a top seed in the Big 12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament.

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