The #7 Texas Longhorns began the season just as many that studied the team believed they would.…
Longhorns host Stetson to tip-off season
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 32 games with a 75.2% conversion rate. Joining Blair in the rotation is a trio of guards in A.J. Smith, Mark Lohuis and sixth man Kris Thomas. Smith averaged 11.4 points a year ago, while Lohuis is the top three-point shooter and Thomas provided the spark off the bench and top passing lane defender. The Hatters played one exhibition game, November 6, beating Warner Southern 60-59 on a last second three-pointer. For the Longhorns, four starters with more than 70 career start return as well as sophomore Gary Johnson, who was in the starting line-up four times last season. In A.J. Abrams, Justin...
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