Texas has a tough non-conference slate in Shaka Smart’s first season

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In his first season under head coach Shaka Smart, Texas is capitalizing on the recent upswing in fan support by taking on a tough schedule with a team that has some talent returning. While Myles Turner went pro and Johnathan Holmes exhausted eligibility but most of the team returns along with some talented incoming recruits.

According to a release from the school, the Longhorns will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis and have a neutral site game in China to start the season against Washington. Texas also plays at Stanford and has home games against North Carolina, UConn and Vanderbilt. The loaded Battle 4 Atlantis also features Charlotte, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Michigan, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Washington.

Before diving into what’s been a very tough Big 12 the last few seasons, Smart is going to test out his system of play with this new roster against some of the nation’s best teams.