- Elena Bergeron
Insider knows you're hot for hoops over the summer, so we're bringing you a closer look at five programs on the rise, five on the way down and five at a crossroads. Today, we continue our look at five on the way up with Texas. Tomorrow: Kansas.
23-12 (NCAA 2nd Round)
Ever go out on the town for a night in Austin? Between the BBQ and Tex-Mex, the indie rock and mainstream country, the tequila and the Live Oak beer, it's the sheer number of options that's most impressive about the town. This year, it'll be much the same with hoops. Rick Barnes lost a pair of seniors, but returned an NBA prospect and roped in the nation's fourth-ranked recruiting class. The Longhorns sheer diversity of scorers at every position could leave the rest of the Big 12 hungover come fall.
To read about the two newbies who could take Texas to Indy, plus Dexter Pittman's new attitude and how the Horns could be better from long range without A.J. Abrams, you must be an ESPN Insider.