Texas basketball reveals 2014 non-conference schedule

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No more North Carolina and Michigan State? Bummer.

The Texas Longhorns have revealed the non-conference schedule for the 2014-2015 basketball season and the list of opponents doesn't feature the familiar opponents Horns fans have come to anticipate on the schedule.

For quite some time, games against North Carolina and Michigan State highlighted the non-league portion of the schedule for head coach Rick Barnes and his club, but those agreements have now run their course.

Joining the fold as the marquee opponents are national champion UConn and Stanford, which appeared in the Sweet 16 after upsetting Kansas and returns top scorer Chasson Randle, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12 last year.

The Huskies could be losing forward DeAndre Daniels, the former Texas target, and guard Ryan Boatright -- both are expected to consider declaring for the NBA Draft. And longtime lead guard Shabazz Napier, who has finally exhausted his eligibility, will definitely be a big loss. Texas will travel to Storrs, most likely, to battle UConn, but will host Stanford at home. Kevin Ollie and his squad have the right to move to the game to Hartford.

In addition to the games the two high-profile games, Texas will have a chance to add some quality wins to their resume in the finals of the 2K Classic, which will include Cal, Iowa, and Syracuse. There's also the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, expected to happen in early December, but those pairings have not yet been released.

Unfortunately, the Stanford game is by far the highlight of the non-conference schedule, but with everyone returning from last year's surprising team and five-star prospect Myles Turner still thought to be a Texas lean ahead of his late-April announcement, the Horns would appear to be in good shape to come through the non-conference season with a strong record.

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