The Longhorns broke into the Associated Press Top 25 poll in February last season but never got higher than 23rd.
This season, Texas is a young group but will start ranked 21st per the initial AP poll released on Monday.
AP Top 25 debuts today. Shaka Smart: "We're a long way away from being in the top 25 right now as I speak on Oct. 31."
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 31, 2016
At Shaka Smart’s press conference Monday morning, he believes his team isn’t worthy of the lofty ranking.
“We’re a long way from being in the top 25 right now as I speak on Oct. 31,” Smart said.
Kansas was rated the third-best team by the AP voters. Two other Big 12 teams – West Virginia and Iowa State – were slotted at No. 20 and No. 24 respectively. Despite reaching the NCAA semifinals last year, Oklahoma starts the season outside the Top 25.
AP basketball poll
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- St. Mary’s
- West Virginia
- Rhode Island
- Iowa State
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