Texas coach Shaka Smart talks to his players during a timeout at the Texas Tip-Off at Gregory Gym on Thursday October 20, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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CBS Sports picks Texas men to finish second in Big 12

Posted November 2nd, 2016


According to the college basketball experts at CBS Sports, Texas is the best hope to end Kansas’ streak of 13 consecutive Big 12 titles.

None of them believe the Longhorns will do it, but hey, the thought is nice. A second-place conference finish, all-conference honors for freshman sensation Jarrett Allen and NCAA Tournament appearance would all be pretty nice for Shaka Smart’s young but talented squad.

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And that’s exactly what the folks at CBS see happening. Well, two of them do.

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander both picked the Longhorns to finish second behind Kansas, while Jerry Palm and Chip Patterson have them finishing behind West Virginia and Iowa State.

The analysts picked Allen to make the all-conference first team, but they have the Jayhawks’ Josh Jackson (Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year) and Bill Self (Coach of the Year) sweeping the awards.

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Parrish is especially high on Texas. Here’s his breakdown of how the Longhorns will finish:

I’m higher on Texas than many, if not most. So note that. But I have the Longhorns going 11-2 in the non-league portion of their schedule and 12-6 in the Big 12. That would give them 23 regular-season wins and a bid to the the NCAA Tournament, which would double as Shaka Smart’s seventh consecutive appearance in the Big Dance.

Most Texas fans would gladly take that. Parrish also dished on Allen, Kerwin Roach and the rest of the Texas roster as well as the rest of the Big 12.

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