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Longhorns host Stetson to tip-off season

Damion James (AP)

The Texas Longhorn 2008-09 basketball season is finally here. At 7pm Friday at the Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns will begin their 103rd season of intercollegiate basketball playing host to the Stetson Hatters of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Texas begins the season ranked #7 in the AP Poll and #8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll with four starters returning off of last year's Elite Eight squad.

The opponent for the Longhorns is the Stetson Hatters, who return all five starters and two key contributors off the bench from a 16-16 team a year ago that plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Leading the way for the Hatters is 6-5 senior guard Garfield Blair. Last year, Blair led Stetson in scoring at 16.1 points, rebounding at 5.7 per contest as well as attempting 214 free throws in 3...

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