Texas Ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press preseason poll

31 Oct By

basketball ap pollAUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas men’s basketball team is ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press preseason poll announcedFriday. The ranking marks the first time the Horns have appeared in the AP preseason poll since the 2009-10 season, when UT began the year at No. 3.

Texas has now made 15 appearances in school history in the AP preseason poll. Prior to its four-year absence from the preseason rankings, the Longhorns were ranked in the AP preseason poll for nine consecutive years (2001-02 through 2009-10).

UT was tabbed No. 6 in 1978-79, No. 22 in 1990-91, No. 16 in 1996-97, No. 22 in 1997-98, No. 21 in 1999-2000, No. 23 in 2001-02, No. 4 in 2002-03, No. 12 in 2003-04, No. 16 in 2004-05, No. 2 in 2005-06, No. 21 in 2006-07, No. 15 in 2007-08, No. 7 in 2008-09 and No. 3 in 2009-10.

The Longhorns are one of four Big 12 Conference teams selected in the AP preseason Top 25. Kansas is ranked No. 5, while Iowa State is No. 14 and Oklahoma is No. 19.

UT will face at least two opponents in its non-conference schedule who are ranked in the AP preseason Top 25: No. 1 Kentucky (Dec. 5in Lexington) and No. 17 Connecticut (Nov. 30 in Storrs). The Longhorns could also face No. 23 Syracuse in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 21 in New York City.

Texas opens the 2014-15 season with a home game against North Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 14 as part of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. Tip is set for 7 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by Longhorn Network.

 

The Associated Press Preseason Poll (Oct. 31, 2014)

Team (First-Place Votes)           Points

1. Kentucky (52)                      1,604

2. Arizona (5)                          1,518

3. Wisconsin (8)                      1,483

4. Duke                                    1,415

5. Kansas                                 1,346

6. North Carolina                    1,274

7. Florida                                 1,153

8. Louisville                             1,114

9. Virginia                               1,090

10. TEXAS                                 1,061

11. Wichita State                    1,027

12. Villanova                           885

13. Gonzaga                            840

14. Iowa State                        781

15. VCU                                   574

16. San Diego State                560

17. Connecticut                       552

18. Michigan State                 521

19. Oklahoma                         426

20. Ohio State                         340

21. Nebraska                           309

22. SMU                                  285

23. Syracuse                            178

24. Michigan                           167

T25. Harvard                           98

T25. Utah                                98

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Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com