Texas' head coach Shaka Smart celebrates their victory over Vanderbilt in the Big 12 SEC Challenge Saturday afternoon in the Erwin Center January 30, 2016. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas starts 22nd in USA Today coaches poll

Posted October 20th, 2016

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The Texas men’s basketball program will start the year ranked 22nd in the USA Today preseason coaches poll released Thursday.

It’s the 13th time in the last 16 years the Longhorns have been ranked in the preseason coaches poll.

Duke had the No. 1 spot, followed by Kansas. However it’s notable that five different teams drew first-place votes. West Virginia also checked in 18th overall.

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The Longhorns will host the annual Texas Tip-Off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Gregory Gym. Admission is free, however tickets must be obtained beforehand from the UT box office.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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