The Longhorns rebounded from near losses early in the season to Stephen F. Austin and Mercer to play consistently well through the Big 12 schedule including a home upset of Kansas. They rebounded very well and got it done defensively while Texas doesn’t lose any important pieces from last year’s team. In fact they didn’t have any seniors on the team last year. The frontcourt, already the strength of this team, gets an upgrade with hyped recruit Myles Turner, who puts this team into serious contention for the conference and beyond. Javan Felix (11.6 PPG) and Isaiah Taylor (12.7 PPG) put up some numbers but were maddeningly inaccurate. But Turner immediately elevates the team’s status.
The Texas Longhorns operate under Coach Rick Barnes at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. They made their last of three Final Four trips in 2003 while their last Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen trip came in 2008. They made the Tournament every year between 1999 and 2013 but look to be back in it for a while starting this year. They’ve made 31 Tournament appearance all time. While Texas isn’t known for basketball prowess across their history these last 15 years have changed the basketball culture for the school. 29 NBA players have come from Texas with some especially impressive names lately. The list includes LaMarcus Aldridge, DJ Augustin, Avery Bradley, Kevin Durant, Daniel Gibson, Tristan Thompson, and TJ Ford. Get your Texas Longhorns tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!