411OnTheForty: Men’s basketball jumps to No. 11 in latest AP poll

15 Dec By
After scoring 18 points to lead the Texas men's basketball team to a 74-53 win over Texas State, freshman forward Greg Brown and the Longhorns have moved up to No. 11 in the new Associated Press poll (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas men's basketball team may have had its biggest game of the week postponed, but Shaka Smart's squad showed enough to convince the Associated Press voters to move the Horns up to No. 11 in the latest AP top 25 poll.

The ranking is the highest for Texas in the Smart era, topping last week's No. 13 selection.

Texas rolled over Texas State, 74-53, in its lone game of the week last Wednesday, behind 18 points from freshman forward Greg Brown. Sunday's Big 12 opener at No. 2 Baylor was called off less than 24 hours before tip-off due to Covid-19 within Baylor's program.

The ranking could offer the Longhorns a measure of optimism as they head into their games against teams from the Big 12, which landed three teams in the top 10: Baylor at No. 2, Kansas at No. 5 and West Virginia at No. 8.

Up next for the Longhorns is a non-conference duel with Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. The Bearkats are 3-4, and have yet to beat a Div. I opponent this season. The game will be carried on the Longhorn Network and on 104.9 the Horn.

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Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley