Although Texas is again picked near the top, the Horns will have to earn their way there with a vastly different line-up than last season. Brandon Mouton, Royal Ivey, James Thomas and Brian Boddicker graduated and guard Edgar Moreno transferred, leaving Rick Barnes with multiple holes to fill. Last year's freshman sensation P.J. Tucker is expected to remain a fixture, and returners Kenton Paulino, Kenny Harris, Sydmill Harris, Brad Buckman and Jason Klotz should also contribute significantly, but some of the burden will fall on members of UT's fabulous freshman class of Daniel Gibson, Dion Dowell, Mike Williams, Connor Atchley and LaMarcus Aldridge.
If the season were to start today, Taylor, Tucker and Buckman would be at the 2, 3 and 4 spots, respectively, Gibson would get the starting nod at point guard and Aldridge would see significant action and possibly get the start ahead of senior Klotz at center.