Texas starting over with entirely new starting 5

By Jim Vertuno

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 24 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Texas coach Rick Barnes waves during the Big 12 basketball media day Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

Orlin Wagner, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns are rebuilding once again.

All five starters from last year were either picked off by the NBA draft or ran out of eligibility. Texas is down to nine recruited scholarship players and six of them are freshmen.

Coach Rick Barnes will be relying on junior guard J'Covan (juh-COE'-vin) Brown to lead the Longhorns back to the NCAA tournament for the 14th straight season.

Texas opens the season Nov. 13 at home against Boston with key non-conference games at UCLA and North Carolina in December.

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