#34 Texas Longhorns: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Texas Longhorns were young last season and with no upperclassmen on their roster this year, Rick Barnes has a an even less experienced though talented team.  One of the biggest question marks is the status of starting point guard Myck Kabongo.

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#30 Texas Longhorns: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

You would be hard pressed to find a college basketball team that loses more from last season than the Texas Longhorns.  All five starters are gone including Jordan Hamltion, Tristan Thompson, and Cory Joseph who each left for the NBA Draft and ended up being first round picks.  Now Rick Barnes faces the challenge of acclimating six freshmen to a thin roster that features only nine scholarship players.

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Tristan Thompson Playing beyond his years for Longhorns

One thing was clear at Madison Square Garden after Thursday and Friday’s 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches v. Cancer – Texas is going to be a scary good team.

The Longhorns boast some of the top recruits in the nation that have seamlessly stepped in and contributed immediately. Mix “diaper dandies” Tristan Thompson – who early in the season is playing well beyond his years– and point guard Corey Joseph with sophomore Jordan Hamilton and Texas might be primed for a deep run in March.

The AP No. 20 team in the nation will go as far as its young guns will take them.

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