Location: Austin, TX
Conference: Big 12
Coach: Rick Barnes
Record: 20-13 (8-10 Big 12)
Kenpom ranking: 19
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Baylor (15), Iowa (24), West Virginia (25),
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): Stanford (48)
Tournament appearances: 34
Best result: Final Four (1943, 1947, 2003)
NBA alumni: Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Slater Martin
Best name: Prince Ibeh
Famous alumni: Walter Cronkite, Laura Bush, Matthew McConaughey, Owen Wilson, Renee Zellweger
The Longhorns allowed failure and dysfunction to creep into a season that should've been spectacular. Ranked No. 6 after a 7-0 start, Texas ended up going 8-10 in Big 12 play. Their last game summarizes their season: they blew a 10-point lead in two minutes, squandered an opportunity to take the final shot by launching a three with six seconds left, and then allowed a buzzer-beater.
Style of play: Longhorns, longer arms
The Longhorns are absolutely destructive inside, even more so than Kentucky. They block 20.2 percent of opponents' shots, best in the nation, and allow just 37.8 percent shooting on twos, best in the nation. They're not great at guarding the perimeter and downright awful at forcing turnovers, but that stout inside presence can shut teams down. Isaiah Taylor leads the team in scoring and assists, but the team's best offense is probably getting offensive rebounds.
Key player: He can leap for Myles and Myles
That strong interior presence is thanks in large part to stud freshman Myles Turner, a lottery draft pick if he turns pro after this season. The 6'11 freshman is a smart and springy defender with go-go-Gadget arms. His offensive game is a tad limited, but he still hits over 50 percent of his twos. He shouldn't take threes, really, but does sometimes.