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Longhorn Republic Podcast: Previewing the women’s basketball team

We look at the No. 3 team in the nation and what we can expect after back-to-back deep runs in the tournament.

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For the last two seasons under Vic Schaefer, the Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team has been ahead of expectations.

Two runs to the Elite 8 were well ahead of where they should have been under a new coach, with young playmakers trying to figure it out. This year, after adding some key pieces from the transfer portal to an already explosive roster, the Longhorns sit at No. 3 in the country. They are ready to move past the ahead of schedule and break through the ceiling of the Elite 8 they’ve bumped up against in the previous two seasons.

So after one dominant exhibition game, how did the new-look Longhorns fare and how did the new talent gel with the existing pieces? What is a fair set of expectations for what is one of the most talented rosters in the country?

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Intro and Outro: Earth, Wind, Fire (Ryan Little / CC BY-SA 4.0)