March 09, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Longhorns guard Myck Kabongo (12) shoots during the second half of the game against the Missouri Tigers in the semifinal round of the 2012 Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Missouri won 81-67. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preview: Texas Longhorns

Last season was a successful one for the Texas Longhorns. They finished sixth in the Big 12 with a 9-9 conference record, but still made it into the NCAA National Tournament. They were a #3 seed and lost to #6 seed Cincinnati in their first game of the tournament.

This preseason, Texas was voted the #24 ranking on the USA Today Preseason Poll. According to texassports.com, this is ” the 11th time in the last 12 years that the Longhorns have been ranked in the coaches’ preseason poll.” The Longhorns are one of three Big 12 teams to be ranked in the Top 25. Kansas was voted 7th while Baylor was voted 18th.

In the Big 12, Texas was selected fourth in the conference poll. The only teams ahead of the Longhorns are Kansas (#1), Baylor (#2), and Oklahoma State (#3). Texas received 58 points in the poll.

Going into the 2012-2013 season, the Longhorns will be without their leading scorer and rebounder from last season. J’Coven Brown was their leading scorer with 20.1 point per game while Clint Chapman was their leading rebounder with 5.7 rebounds per game. Chapman also led the team with 1.6 blocks per game.

One player that will need to pick up the slack for the Longhorns this season is Sheldon McClellan. McClellan was second on the Longhorns with 11.3 points per game. He also played in all 34 games and averaged 25.9 minutes per game.

Another player that will be key for Texas this year is Myck Kabongo. He was the Longhorns’ leading assist man last season as he averaged 5.2 assists per game. He played in all 34 games and averaged 30.6 minutes per game.

He will need to be the “facilitator” again this year if Texas wanted to be successful again this season.

The Longhorns should be successful again this season. Their non-conference portion of the schedule is okay, but does have some big games on it. Those games include: #13 UCLA, #12 North Carolina, and #14 Michigan State.

Their conference schedule will be tougher, but most likely not as tough as last season. This is because of the swap between Texas A&M/Missouri and TCU/West Virginia. Of these new teams, WVU will be the tougher of the two teams for the Longhorns. Texas should finish exactly where they were voted in the preseason poll.

They will finish fourth in the Big 12 this season with Kansas, Baylor, and West Virginia in front of them.

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