Big 12 Basketball: 5 Reasons Why Texas Will Win Conference Championship in 2014-15

5 Reasons Why Texas Will Win Big 12 Title in 2014-15

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Rick Barnes proved to the college basketball world last season that he can do much more with much less. Despite being projected to finish near the bottom of the Big 12, he compiled a 24-11 record with a roster that will return every player next season. In addition to an already loaded roster, Barnes added Jordan Barnett and All-American Myles Turner, which now gives Texas a team built to win the Big 12. These five reasons show exactly why.

5. PG play

Isaiah Taylor
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5. PG play

Isaiah Taylor
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Texas was blessed with the unexpected performance it saw out of Isaiah Taylor as a freshman last season. Now heading into his sophomore season, Taylor is considered to be one of the best guards in the country, and as the coach on the court, a championship team needs a great floor general.

4. Experience

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4. Experience

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Next season, Texas will have a roster of two seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen. This will make the Longhorns one of the most experienced teams in college basketball, and given the talent of the returning roster, Texas will have no problem finding ways to win games.

3. Depth of Roster

Kendal Yancy
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3. Depth of Roster

Kendal Yancy
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Just as with their experience, Texas is loaded with talent that could possibly make for a 12-man rotation. Although it’s unlikely Barnes looks that far down his bench, the option to pick and choose from a wide range of guys who can all contribute will make Texas the deepest team in the conference and give them an edge on nearly every opponent.

2. Size in the Post

Cameron Ridley
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2. Size in the Post

Cameron Ridley
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The Longhorns’ frontcourt next season will feature 6-foot-9 Cameron Ridley, 6-foot-8 Jonathan Holmes, 7-foot Myles Turner, 6-foot-10 Prince Ibeh, 6-foot-9 Connor Lammert and 6-foot-8 Jordan Barnett. Very few teams in college basketball, much less the Big 12, will be able to match the interior size of Texas.

1. Texas Found Their Star

Myles Turner
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1. Texas Found Their Star

Myles Turner
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The biggest crutch for Texas last season was their lack of a star player. The Horns needed an elite scorer who can be the go-to option down the stretch in games when their prayers weren’t being answered. Luckily for Rick Barnes, Myles Turner is now a Longhorn, and he fills that much-needed void and then some with his dominating defensive skills.

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