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College Basketball Ranking: Texas improves to 2-0, looks strong in next week’s showdown against Gonzaga

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Texas had no issues Thursday night with Houston Christian. The Longhorns jumped to a 16-0 lead in the first six minutes, shot 51.5% of the field for the game, and finally won 82-31 as they held Ron Cottrell’s Huskies with just 21.7% of field shots from the game. field.

“They’re so good defensively,” Cottrell said.

No arguments here.

Texas is currently ranked #1 nationally for adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com. Granted, it’s way early. But it should be noted that Chris Beard’s teams – first at Texas Tech, then Texas – have finished no worse than 18th in adjusted defensive efficiency in five straight years. So it’s reasonable to assume the Longhorns will be causing trouble for offense all season long, which is among the reasons next week’s matchup with Gonzaga and CBS Sports Preseason Player of the Year Drew Timme projects as one of the best early matchups in the sport.

Six Longhorns scored double figures against Houston Christian – among them five-star rookie Dillon Mitchell. The 6-foot-1 Florida forward threw five shots, hit all five and finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes. He hasn’t missed a shot in two games this season, the first of which was Monday’s 72-57 win over UTEP.

Texas remains 12th on the updated CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 daily college basketball rankings on Friday morning. The Longhorns’ next game is Wednesday — when they’ll host Gonzaga inside the Moody Center, their new $375 million campus basketball arena.

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