Pollsters have ignored the Texas men’s basketball team in recent years because the Longhorns had slipped into mediocrity, even posting a losing record two years ago.
A trip to the NCAA Tournament last year helped the Horns land star freshman Myles Turner, and now the team is back in the spotlight.
Texas will start the year ranked 10th in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll, which was released Friday. It’s the first time the team has been ranked in the preseason since starting the 2009-10 season ranked third.
The Longhorns are looking up at their Big 12 counterparts, the Kansas Jayhawks, right from the get-go, though. Kansas starts the year ranked fifth. Coach Bill Self’s program has won 10 straight Big 12 titles, although some believe Texas is the trendy pick to end that dominating run this season.
Kentucky earned 52 first-place votes to grab the No. 1 spot in the AP poll, followed by Arizona, Wisconsin and Duke.
Texas opens the season on Nov. 14 against North Dakota Sate at the Erwin Center.
American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle had the Longhorns slotted ninth on his AP preseason ballot.
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