The Big 12 coaches anticipate a significant step forward for Shaka Smart’s program in 2018-19. After finishing ninth in the 10-team Big 12 last season with a 19-15 record, including an 8-10 mark in conference action, the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll released on Friday and the Texas Longhorns were picked to finish tied for fourth with the TCU Horned Frogs.
As expected, Kansas was picked to headline the conference yet again, followed by Kansas State and West Virginia.
The Longhorns season is set to get underway on Thursday, Nov. 6 when Texas welcomes Eastern Illinois. The game will be televised on Longhorn Network.
The Longhorns finished fourth in the conference to begin the Smart era in 2015-16, but the two seasons that followed haven’t been nearly as successful. In 2016-17, the Longhorns finished dead last in the conference behind a 4-18 Big 12 record, and as noted, last season saw Texas finished ninth, although the season did end with a trip to the NCAA Tournament.