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Posted: Wednesday November 03, 1999 05:16 PM

Texas
1998-99 record
19-13 overall, 13-3 Big 12 (Lost to Purdue in NCAA first round)
Coach
Rick Barnes, 19-13 (one year), 221-147 overall (12 years)
Projected starting lineup
G Ivan Wagner, 6-1 Sr.
The former NCAA high jump champion is healthy after playing last year on sore knees and could be the conference's top defender.

G Williams Clay, 6-2 Sr.
Streaky shooter who could find playing time cut this season; was fourth on team in scoring last season.

F Chris Owens, 6-8 So.
A highly-recruited prep star who sat out last season after transferring from Tulane.

Gabe Muoneke, 6-7 Sr.
Team's leading scorer (16.5 ppg) and, surprisingly, its leading 3-point shooter (51 percent).

C Chris Mihm, 7-0 Jr.
All eyes are on him as he looks to improve on solid sophomore campaign when he led conference in rebounding (11.0) and blocked shots (2.6).

Top guy off the bench
F Chris Ogden, 6-7 Fr.
Wing man expected to contribute early in the season and will be the first man off bench to sub for one of three post starters.
Key Newcomer
Owen, Duncanville, Texas
His low post offense, passing ability and defense give Texas best front line in the conference, maybe in the country.
Key Games
A home contest against Arizona (Dec. 4), a trip to Utah (Dec. 22) and a visit from defending national champion Uconn (Jan. 10) will give a good measure of how the Longhorns stack up nationally.
Outlook
Barnes, who played with just seven scholarship players a year ago, has enough players to run a regular practice this season. Texas' starting five is one of the best in the land, especially with potential All-Americans Mihm and Muoneke inside, but bench is young and unproven. NCAA Tournament is a lock, but how far team advances from there depends on development of young talent, not to mention Barnes' 1-6 record in first-round Tournament games.
Longhorns' 1999-00 schedule


 
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