Texas Basketball Ranked No. 19

ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches' Poll is out and the Texas Men's Basketball team is ranked 19th.

The Longhorns lost all of their starters from last year, but will be led by a top-flight class of freshmen. A.J. Abrams is the only returning Longhorn who averaged more than eight minutes on the floor last season. In fact, only four players from last year's roster is still on the team, but thanks to one of the nation's best recruiting class, Texas begins the season in the Top 25.

This marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Texas has been ranked in the coaches' preseason poll. UT was tabbed No. 22 in 1999-2000, No. 22 in 2001-02, No. 5 in 2002-03, No. 11 in 2003-04, No. 15 in 2004-05 and No. 3 last year.

The Longhorns are one of three Big 12 Conference teams selected in the Top 25. Kansas is ranked No. 3, while Texas A&M comes in at No. 13.

Texas tips off the 2006-07 campaign with an exhibition game against Longhorn Head Coach Rick Barnes' Alma Mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College Hickory, N.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Tip time is 7 p.m. (Central) at the Frank Erwin Center. UT opens the regular season with a home game against Alcorn State in the opening round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Thursday, Nov. 9 (8:30 p.m.) at the Erwin Center.

1. Florida (30)
2. North Carolina
3. Kansas
4. Ohio State (1)
5. Pittsburgh
5. UCLA
7. LSU
8. Georgetown
9. Wisconsin
10. Arizona
11. Duke
12. Alabama
13. Texas A&M
14. Memphis
15. Boston College
16. Washington
17. Marquette
18. Connecticut
19. TEXAS
20. Syracuse
21. Georgia Tech
22. Kentucky
23. Creighton
24. Tennessee
25. Nevada


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