This culminated with the Longhorns first round loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA tournament.
Fans of betting have long avoided Texas because of their inconsistent play despite high expectations. The Longhorns have a much different team for 2010-11 and it should be interesting to see if they can put disappointment behind them.
What They Lost
People who bet on college basketball have come to know the Texas Longhorns well throughout the years. Under coach Rick Barnes, they always seem to field a team filled with a lot of star power.
Bettors will remember the likes of TJ Ford, DJ Augustine and Kevin Durant as past Longhorns. A trio of stars left the program after last season, leaving a lot of questions in their wake.
Texas lost Damion James and Dexter Pittman to graduation, while Avery Bradley decided to leave early for the NBA. James was probably the biggest loss.
He averaged a double double of 18 points and 10.3 rebounds last season. Bradley and Pittman were no slouches either. They each average over 10 points per game. Bettors have to keep these losses in mind when considering the Texas Longhorns.
What They Have
Despite these major losses, the Texas Longhorns still have a lot of firepower. Rick Barnes is known as one of the best recruiters in college basketball. The Longhorns return Gary Johnson, Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown from last year’s team.
All three were contributors and are expected to improve this season. However, it is a pair of freshman that has Longhorn fans most excited.
Long time friends Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph committed to Texas and should be able to give the team a boost. Joseph, a point guard, and Thompson, a forward, both have an excellent opportunity to start. Bettors should keep a close eye on their progression as the season goes on.