Texas probably deserves a spot in the AP Top 25. A solid performance at the Maui Invitational will give them just that.
The Longhorns got placed on the easier side of the bracket with Chaminade, USC and Illinois, as opposed to the side with North Carolina, Butler, Marquette and Mississippi State.
Expect Texas to rack up a number of early wins in Hawaii before going up against some of those stronger teams. Then again, Texas’ loaded backcourt could be enough to beat anyone in the tournament on a given night.
Jonathan Holmes, Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan all return and are joined by highly-regarded freshman Javan Felix.
The frontcourt is somewhat up in the air, but Rick Barnes’ recruiting should help in the paint. In fact, the experience the team accumulates on the island will help the youngsters down the road when they match up against the likes of UCLA, Michigan State, Baylor and Kansas.
Look for Texas to at least reach the Maui Invitational title game before falling to North Carolina. Anything else would have to be considered a disappointment.