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Texas men's hoops ranked 24th in preseason poll

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The University of Texas men’s basketball team is ranked tied for No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll announced today. This marks the 11th time in the last 12 years that the Longhorns have been ranked in the coaches’ preseason poll.

UT was tabbed No. 22 in 2001-02, No. 5 in 2002-03, No. 11 in 2003-04, No. 15 in 2004-05, No. 3 in 2005-06, No. 19 in 2006-07, No. 16 in 2007-08 and No. 8 in 2008-09, No. 3 in 2009-10 and No. 25 in 2010-11. The Horns were unranked in the coaches’ preseason poll last year.

The Longhorns are one of three Big 12 Conference teams selected in the Top 25. Kansas is ranked No. 7, while Baylor is No. 18. UT will face five opponents in the regular season who are ranked in the preseason Top 25: No. 7 Kansas (Jan. 19 in Austin, Feb. 16 in Lawrence), No. 12 North Carolina (possible opponent in EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, Dec. 19 in Austin), No. 13 UCLA (Dec. 8 in Houston), No. 14 Michigan State (Dec. 22 in East Lansing) and No. 18 Baylor (Jan. 5 in Waco, March 4 in Austin).

Texas opens the 2012-13 season with a home game against Fresno State on Friday, Nov. 9. Tip is set for 7 p.m. (Central) at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised by Longhorn Network.

For season ticket information, please call 1-800-982-BEVO or 512-471-3333 or visit www.TexasBoxOffice.com. For individual game tickets, please call 512-477-6060 or visit www.TexasBoxOffice.com.

ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 (first-place votes in parentheses)
Team (First-Place Votes) Points

1. Indiana (21) 761
2. Louisville (5) 738
3. Kentucky (5) 718
4. Ohio State 617
5. Michigan 605
6. North Carolina State 581
7. Kansas 563
8. Duke 516
9. Syracuse 502
10. Florida 422
11. Arizona 411
12. North Carolina 401
13. UCLA 396
14. Michigan State 391
15. Creighton 325
16. Memphis 307
17. Missouri 289
18. Baylor 266
19. UNLV 203
20. San Diego State 196
21. Wisconsin 191
22. Gonzaga 166
23. Notre Dame 122
24. TEXAS 61
24. Florida State 61

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