2. Texas (6-0)
Everything is going according to plan for Chris Beard and the Longhorns to this point in the season. Their returning players are fitting nicely into their roles, the defense looks fantastic, and new pieces like Tyrese Hunter have really settled into this system. Six wins in six games is the perfect start, with the Longhorns picking up another impressive victory this past week.
As part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle, the Longhorns hosted #7 Creighton Thursday night and came away with a 72-67 victory. The Longhorns limited the Bluejays to just 15% from long range and only committed 3 turnovers the whole game. Marcus Carr had 19 points while Hunter added 15 points, with Texas getting a nice boost from those two important backcourt pieces.
This team has some nice home wins against Creighton and Gonzaga on their resume already. The defense looks otherworldly, which isn’t really a surprise with a Beard-coached team. The only question is how this team will fair away from home, as they haven’t really been tested outside of Austin, certainly not like they will be when conference play begins in the Big 12. Another challenge awaits next week as they’ll play a tough Illinois team in Madison Square Garden.