What To Watch: Texas basketball opens with the UTEP Miners

The No. 12 Texas Longhorns tip off their 2022-2023 basketball season tonight. They will face the UTEP Miners at 8 p.m. CT in the Moody Center.

Heading into the season, there are multiple new faces set to join the team. Sir’Jabari Rice and Tyrese Hunter enter as the premier transfer players for the Longhorns.

Rice and Hunter are set to make an immediate impact following tournament runs with other teams last season. Hunter is familiar with the grind of a Big 12 schedule. This year, he’ll face the conference alongside better talent.

Dillon Mitchell and Arterio Morris headline the freshman class and bring the highest upside on the team. Morris flashed his three-point ability in a preseason exhibition against Arkansas, while Mitchell will often be the best athlete on the court.

Here are a few things to monitor in tonight’s game.

Chemistry

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Texas had to blend a number of transfer players into a brand new system last season. We will see if Marcus Carr, Timmy Allen and company can produce cohesive offensive play after a year in the system.

Team roles

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Everybody has a role in the basketball team. There’s a good chance Chris Beard has told every player their role for this season. Clearly, roles can be fluid as various players emerge. Even so, we will get some idea of what players will be asked to do in 2023.

Dylan Disu

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We were somewhat robbed of the Dylan Disu experience as he missed a significant portion of last season. His offensive contribution from the post will be worth monitoring this year.

Will Marcus Carr take the next step?

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Marcus Carr had an excellent NCAA Tournament for the Longhorns. He will have an opportunity to build confidence and assert himself offensively this season.

Who wants the ball?

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Texas wasn’t a great rebounding team last season. They will need to grow in that area to reach their goals.

Three-point baskets

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Texas was hit-and-miss from the three-point line, but that could all change this season. We will keep on close eye on how Chris Beard’s team shoots three-pointers this season.

Who is the go-to guy?

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The Longhorns didn’t have a consistently great closer last season. Timmy Allen and Marcus Carr return as favorites to carry that role for the team. Texas may not need either to close the game against UTEP, but the offense might run through either player on Monday night.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire