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Shaka Smart’s second effort on the 40 Acres will begin with his Longhorns ranked 22nd by the Coaches Poll

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As Shaka Smart’s second season in Austin is set to get underway, college basketball’s Preseason Coaches Poll shows that those in the industry have high hopes for the ‘Horns, as the coaches ranked Texas as the No. 22 team in the nation.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
1 Duke 0-0 792 27
2 Kansas 0-0 721 1
3 Villanova 0-0 700 1
4 Kentucky 0-0 695 2
5 Oregon 0-0 620 1
6 North Carolina 0-0 614 0
7 Virginia 0-0 596 0
8 Xavier 0-0 552 0
9 Michigan St 0-0 544 0
10 Wisconsin 0-0 487 0
11 Arizona 0-0 468 0
12 Indiana 0-0 435 0
13 Gonzaga 0-0 371 0
14 Louisville 0-0 367 0
15 Purdue 0-0 324 0
16 Connecticut 0-0 239 0
17 Syracuse 0-0 224 0
18 West Virginia 0-0 204 0
19 St. Mary's 0-0 203 0
20 UCLA 0-0 185 0
21 Maryland 0-0 153 0
22 Texas 0-0 124 0
23 Creighton 0-0 113 0
24 Rhode Island 0-0 85 0
25 Cincinnati 0-0 75 0
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State 65; Iowa State 56; California 43; Miami (Fla.) 35; Dayton 34; Oklahoma 33; Seton Hall 24; Texas A&M 22; Notre Dame 18; San Diego State 17; Virginia Tech 16; Wichita State 15; Southern California 14; Butler 14; Ohio State 12; Florida 11; Clemson 11; Colorado 11; Michigan 10; Pittsburgh 7; Georgia 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Yale 6; Chattanooga 5; Washington 4; Nevada 3; Kansas State 3; Arkansas 2; Davidson 2; Valparaiso 2; Southern Methodist 1; Utah 1.

Considering Texas saw its entire starting five graduate or pursue professional careers, the preseason ranking suggests that Smart’s peers have confidence in the coaching job he may be able to construct with the nation’s fifth-ranked recruiting class.

In Smart’s first season at Texas, his ‘Horns finished with a 20-13 record after Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson’s half-court buzzer-beating prayer was answered in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now with some familiarity within the program, can Smart lead a roster comprised of high-level youth to heights not fresh in the minds of Texas fans?