2010 Texas Longhorns Basketball: Finally Flying High or More Mediocrity?

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2010 Texas Longhorns Basketball: Finally Flying High or More Mediocrity?
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Rick Barnes Leads the Longhorns

The 2009-2010 college basketball season saw a surprise team at No. 1 in the preseason rankings—the Texas Longhorns.

Last year's team quickly lived up to its reputation with key wins against Michigan State and North Carolina and looked to be on the way toward seriously competing for a national championship. The rest of the season was mired in inconsistent play and turmoil within the team as it stumbled into the NCAA tournament, only to exit in the first round.

The 2010-2011 version of the Longhorns will not contend with these same high expectations.

After losing Avery Bradley, Dexter Pittman and Damion James to the NBA, the team will rely on highly-touted incoming freshmen and a cast of veteran role players to be competitive.

Will the 2010 Longhorns finally fly high or will it be another season of mediocrity and missed opportunity?

Let's look at a player-by-player breakdown of this year's squad.

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