Last year, I watched as a promising Texas Longhorns basketball team went from undefeated and top-ranked team in the land to a 7-10 finish and a frustrating first round loss to Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA Tourney.
This season, I have again watched the Longhorns very closely as they have gotten off to another promising start, ascending to a #12 national ranking with notable victories against Illinois, North Carolina, and Michigan State (each of which were either on a neutral court or on the road).
I believe this year's version of Texas basketball has more of a chance to find success in March than last year's incarnation ever did. Although it is a very different team, different is exactly what coach Rick Barnes needed. Here are some reasons why the Longhorns will be superbly equipped to make noise during the NCAA Tournament this season.