Sixth-year head coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns, which return four starters from last year's Final Four team, face at least nine teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season (Arizona, Colorado, Duke, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Sam Houston State and Wake Forest).
"Our whole thought with this senior class was to give them the most challenging schedule that we could give them," Barnes said. "We always look forward to taking trips to the East. We think every game we play, someway or somehow, will get us ready for the grind of the Big 12 Conference. We're also obviously excited about the number of national TV appearances that our program will make this year."
Texas will make at least 13 appearances on national television during the regular season. The Longhorns will be featured at least nine times on ESPN and two appearances on ESPN2. The two national CBS telecasts are the home games against Oklahoma (Feb. 8) and Texas Tech (Feb. 28).
In addition, eight games will be picked up by UT's television agreement with Host Communications and Fox Sports Southwest (in the state of Texas only), marking the first time in school history that all of Texas' third-tier television package games will be carried on cable.
The Longhorns begin the season with a four-game home stand at the newly-remodeled Frank Erwin Center (capacity now 16,837). Texas tips off the season against Brown in the NABC Classic on Monday, Nov. 17, followed by dates with Sam Houston State (Nov. 24), Centenary (Nov. 29) and Wofford (Dec. 4).
Texas then makes the first of three trips to the East Coast, when it faces Arizona in the nightcap of the prestigious Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 9. Texas returns home to host New Orleans (Dec. 14), before heading back to New York City for a neutral-site matchup against Duke on Dec. 20.
Following Christmas break, the Longhorns host George Washington (Dec. 29, on ESPN2) and Texas-Arlington (Jan. 2) before making a third trip back east to take on Providence (Jan. 5), where Barnes served as head coach for six seasons (1989-94). Texas concludes its non-conference slate with a home date against Atlantic Coast Conference power Wake Forest (Jan. 13).
Texas attempts to capture its second Big 12 Conference regular season title against a league which saw six teams make last year's NCAA Tournament (Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas) and three of those squads advance to the "Elite Eight." Texas opens league play with a home game against Baylor on Saturday, Jan. 10.
2003-04 TEXAS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Sat. Nov. 1 ORANGE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE (TBA)
Fri. Nov. 7 SOUTHEAST ALL-STARS 7 pm
Wed. Nov. 12 EA SPORTS ALL-STARS 7 pm
Mon. Nov. 17 NABC Classic (Frank Erwin Center; Austin)
TEXAS vs. Brown 7 pm (Fox Sports Southwest)
Mon. Nov. 24 SAM HOUSTON STATE 7 pm (Fox Sports Southwest)
Sat. Nov. 29 CENTENARY 7 pm LSN (FSSW)
Thurs. Dec. 4 WOFFORD 7 pm LSN (Fox Sports Southwest)
Tues. Dec. 9 Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden; New York)
Texas vs. Arizona 8 pm ESPN
Sun. Dec. 14 NEW ORLEANS
Sat. Dec. 20 vs. Duke (Madison Square Garden; New York) 11 am ESPN
Mon. Dec. 29 GEORGE WASHINGTON 6 pm ESPN2
Fri. Jan. 2 TEXAS-ARLINGTON 7 pm (Fox Sports SW)
Mon. Jan. 5 at Providence 6 pm ESPN
Tues. Jan. 13 WAKE FOREST 7 pm ESPN2
BIG 12 GAMES
Sat. Jan. 10 BAYLOR 7:30 pm (Fox Sports SW)
Sat. Jan. 17 NEBRASKA 12:30 pm ESPN+
Tues. Jan. 20 at Missouri 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Jan. 24 OKLAHOMA STATE 3 pm ESPN+
Mon. Jan. 26 at Texas Tech 6 pm ESPN
Sat. Jan. 31 at Texas A&M 12:30 pm ESPN+
Wed. Feb. 4 COLORADO 7 pm ESPN2
Sun. Feb. 8 OKLAHOMA 12 pm CBS
Tues. Feb. 10 at Baylor 8 pm (Fox Sports SW)
Sat. Feb. 14 at Iowa State 3 pm ESPN+
Wed. Feb. 18 TEXAS A&M 8 pm (Fox Sports SW)
Sat. Feb. 21 at Oklahoma 8 pm ESPN
Mon. Feb. 23 KANSAS 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Feb. 28 TEXAS TECH 1 pm CBS
Mon. Mar. 1 at Oklahoma State 8 pm ESPN
Sat. Mar. 6 at Kansas State
Mar. 11-14 Big 12 Tournament (American Airlines Center; Dallas, Texas)