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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas men’s basketball receives two way-too-early top 25 rankings

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Plus: Texas softball earns another top three ranking

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Texas Longhorns men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart’s squad got hot at just the right time during the 2019-2020 regular season. Then the pandemic happened. Life changed.

But while the college sports world as we know it continues to swirl with uncertainty, the Longhorns basketball momentum is carrying into the 2020-2021 season, it seems, as two more way-too-early top 25 polls have included Texas among their preseason rankings.

The Athletic has Texas ranked No. 18. NCAA.com has the Longhorns at No. 22 overall.

Not bad, if Smart’s crew can live up to the hype.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Nothing’s certain, but anxiety grows over 2020 football season amid coronavirus stoppage

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas’ offensive recruiting wishlist is headlined by Tommy Brockermeyer

Dallas Morning News: Hoping to see college football return, coaches’ main priority is getting players enough practice time

Sports Illustrated: These college football programs are the modern ‘U’ for each position

247Sports: The Stampede: Predicting the 2021 defensive class

247Sports: Ten potential offers for Texas in the 2021 class

247Sports: What we’d be talking about if spring ball had gone on as planned

247Sports: Herman details Longhorns’ weekly routine of coaching online

247Sports: Colt McCoy has new role in mentoring Daniel Jones

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Despite the shortened season, Texas softball was still one of the nation’s top programs. The latest poll to recognize that fact was the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, which ranked the Longhorns as No. 3 overall to end the season. The Longhorns were also recognized as No. 3 overall by the USA Softball poll and No. 1 by Softball America.
  • For your viewing pleasure, here’s every touchdown by Sam Ehlinger in 2019.