Before this season, Texas had only made three appearances in the AP Top 10 (No. 6, 1978-79 preseason poll; No. 7, Jan. 19, 1982; No. 5, Jan. 26, 1982). This year alone, Texas has been ranked in the AP Top 10 for the first 10 weeks of the season.
Oklahoma State edged the Sooners, 48-46, at Stillwater Monday while Missouri lost at Syracuse, 76-69.
But is Texas really that good? When asked last week, Rick Barnes responded benignly with the "on any given night" coach-speak, adding that parity is such in college hoops that at least one unranked dark horse typically makes one heckuva run into the NCAAs come March.
Monday, the fifth-year UT head coach made no bones about where he wants his team to finish.
"The thing thats most important to me is I hope were the team that wins the last game (national championship)," Barnes said. "Before Im done, thats the one thing Id like."
Texas is 1-0 in league play, after winning its conference home opener Saturday against Iowa State, 70-50. The Horns first Big 12 road trip is at Baylor, Wednesday, in an ESPN+ televised game (8 p.m. CST).