November 12, 2007

Longhorns host Roadrunners

The Texas Longhorns begin the march towards a 10th straight NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Rick Barnes on Monday night at 7 p.m. by playing host to Texas-San Antonio. The No. 15-ranked Longhorns return four starters and several key members off of last year's 25-10 team that lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Longhorns enter the 2007-08 season with question marks, as any team does, but Texas' question marks are on the side of health more than mixing in new players, settling on a rotation or playing big versus playing small. The status of talented freshman forward Gary Johnson has been the biggest question mark in the summer and in early workouts and is still in question headed into the opener.

Johnson, who suffers from an unspecified heart condition, has not yet been cleared by doctors to play in the regular season. The 6-foot-7 forward, who is expected to be one of the top players on the 2007-08 team, was cleared for exhibition play and posted 13 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots in just 19 minutes of action.

While the status of Johnson is unknown headed into Monday, the Longhorns will regain the services of junior guard and leading returning scorer A.J. Abrams, who sat out the 87-56 exhibition win over Xavier (La) with a toe injury.

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