For the first time since the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Texas Longhorns will play a real basketball game against a real opponent; that is, if you consider a preseason exhibition against Angelo State a real game. In any case, it's not the Texas Tip-Off and it's not a private weekend scrimmage with SMU—Wednesday night will serve as an unofficial debut of Shaka Smart's new-look Longhorns headlined by a hoard of prolific freshmen.
While the final score will essentially be meaningless, the exhibition will provide Smart with an opportunity to tinker with a rotation that replaces six members from last season’s rotation, including the entire starting five. In doing so, a quartet of prolific freshmen step into the fold headlined by Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones, who should see no shortage of opportunities Wednesday night as Kerwin Roach Jr. and Tevin Mack are suspended for a violation of team rules.
It may not mean much in the long run—practically nothing, really—but the finished product the burnt orange faithful hope to see in March, more or less, gets under construction Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
Texas enters the season ranked No. 21 in the Preseason AP Polls.