Texas Basketball: 10 Bold Predictions for the Longhorns in 2011-12

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Texas Basketball: 10 Bold Predictions for the Longhorns in 2011-12
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It is truly an interesting time for the Texas Longhorns basketball program.

On paper, next season seems like a rebuilding year. The team will be without veterans Matt Hill, Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas and Gary Johnson. They have also said goodbye to youngsters Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton and Cory Joseph.

Everything around the program, though, is looking up. After a few disappointing finishes, the Longhorns put things together well last season and went 28-8.

Coach Rick Barnes seemed re-energized and so did the players. They got contributions up and down the roster and everyone appeared to have a lot of fun playing together.

The recruiting is also up. Two seasons ago, Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton came to campus together as hotshot freshmen.

Last season, it was Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. Now they are hoping this newest group of freshman, led by Myck Kabongo, will make their mark.

Here are my ten bold predictions for this upcoming season of uncertainty for Texas.

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