Texas Basketball: Longhorns place third in 2023-24 Big 12 preseason poll

Rodney Terry, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Rodney Terry, Texas basketball. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

Expectations for the Texas basketball program and new full-time head coach Rodney Terry heading into the 2023-24 season are high. Texas tips off the 2023-24 regular season at home at the Moody Center in Austin on Nov. 7 against the Incarnate Word Cardinals.

With Texas’ placement in the Big 12 media preseason poll for the 2023-24 campaign, you can tell how high the standard is for Terry and the Longhorns this season. Texas was voted third out of 14 teams by the media in the Big 12 preseason poll.

The only teams ahead of the Longhorns in the Big 12 preseason poll are the Houston Cougars in second and the Kansas Jayhawks in first. Houston (two) and Kansas (12) were the only two schools that received first-place votes in the Big 12 preseason poll.

Texas finished just 10 votes behind Houston for third place in the preseason poll. And the Longhorns hold a seven vote edge over the Baylor Bears who are in fourth place in this poll.

Here is the complete Big 12 preseason poll.

  1. Kansas (12 first-place votes)
  2. Houston (2 first-place votes)
  3. Texas
  4. Baylor
  5. TCU
  6. Kansas State
  7. Iowa State
  8. Texas Tech
  9. West Virginia
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Cincinnati
  12. Oklahoma
  13. BYU
  14. UCF

Among the four newcomers to the Big 12, Houston was the highest-voted team in the preseason poll. Cincinnati was the second-highest voted team among the newcomers, in 11th place, followed by BYU and UCF at the bottom of the preseason poll.

Texas has four players receiving Big 12 preseason honors

In the Big 12 preseason award voting, the Longhorns had one player make the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, and three others receive honorable mentions. The former Oral Roberts senior transfer guard Max Abmas received All-Big 12 preseason team honors among the three guards selected.

The three selected as honorable mentions are senior big man Dylan Disu, junior guard Tyrese Hunter, and sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell.

Next. Updated projected starting 5 for UT MBB's season opener. dark