20. Texas (9-2)
Throughout the nonconference slate Texas has done what they’ve needed to do, but have failed in their two major opportunities. Their only losses this season came away from home at the hands of Connecticut and Marquette, two teams that certainly look elite this season. Both of those losses came by double digits, though the Longhorns took care of business in their other games.
Fresh off a weekend win over LSU, Texas was back at home during this week, getting a 71-55 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Five different Longhorns scored in double figures, led by Max Abmas and his 17-point effort. Dillon Mitchell (14 points, 13 rebounds) had a double-double and the Longhorns won their third game in a row.
The pieces are intact in Austin for this team to make noise, but what kind of noise is that going to be? Names like Dylan Disu and Kadin Shedrick are also playing big roles for the Longhorns, but they don’t really have any marquee wins to this point in the season. There will be plenty of opportunities to change that once Big 12 play begins, though you have to wonder where exactly they’ll fall when that happens. Home dates with UNC Greensboro and UT Arlington will finish their nonconference slate in the week ahead.