The Texas Longhorns are still the top-ranked team in the nation.
But the team is a far cry from the powerhouse it once was.
The Longhorns won their first five games of the season but were swept out of the NCAA Tournament by Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
That upset upset the defending national champion Texas, which was one of the nation’s best teams in the late 1990s.
The team lost some of its best players to the NBA Draft and was on the brink of a major overhaul when a new owner took over.
The team was built around three players from the early 1990s: point guard Dwayne Bacon, forward Anthony Brown and guard Jarell Martin.
Bacon led the Longhorn attack in that first season, leading Texas to a 12-0 record, but he also struggled to get the ball into his hands.
Brown was a steady scorer, but the team struggled to score efficiently.
The Longhorns also were struggling with injuries, and the team lost four of its final five games.
Bobby Bowden/Associated PressThe Longhorn system has undergone a massive overhaul since the program was founded in 1986.
The program went through two coaches: Rick Barnes and Mike Anderson.
Barnes is gone, replaced by assistant coach Kevin Sumlin.
In 2016, Sumlin was fired.
He is now the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The program was in the midst of a rebuilding period, and a new ownership group bought the team.
The plan was to go in a different direction, and this offseason, Texas signed five high-level free agents: guard Kyle Anderson, point guard Mike Bibby, forward Ryan Robinson, and forward Dwayne Brown.
But it didn’t go as planned.
The plan was for the Longholes to be a perennial contender in the Big 12, and that meant rebuilding the offense.
The offense has struggled in the early years, especially in the past two years.
The offense is a bit slow and predictable at times.
But it is the only offense on the roster that features a true shooting guard.
The players in the system have improved and the offense has become a more dynamic unit.
The biggest improvement has been in the passing game, which is led by Brown.
He has become one of Texas’ most efficient scorers, averaging 18.4 points per game over his first two seasons in Austin.
The big issue for the offense in the new era is that it is not very good.
In the first four games, the Longhoses averaged just 31.3 points per contest.
The Big 12 average in those games is 41.3.
The best way to improve is by adding players who can score, and Brown has become that player.
He leads the Longhos in scoring at 18.9 points per outing.
The big question will be whether he can continue to improve his scoring.
He needs to improve in all areas of his game.
The problem for Brown will be if he can’t score from the perimeter.
He shot 39.7 percent from beyond the arc in 2016-17, his worst mark in a year.
He also needs to do a better job of making plays.
Texas shot just 30.6 percent from 3-point range last season, the third-worst mark in the conference.
The defense was better than that, allowing just 31 percent of field goals.
But, the big problem is that the offense wasn’t as good.
The most significant change has been the passing attack, which has evolved into a much more efficient one.
It was never the best in the league, but it has gotten better over time.
The passing attack improved from the first three seasons, and now it is at the same level as the offense, and it should improve even more.
It also seems to be better than last year.
In two seasons under Barnes, the team shot a combined 47.7 per game from the field.
Under Sumlin, it shot a mere 39.4 percent.
The difference between this year and last year is that Sumlin has been a much better coach and more willing to throw the ball to shooters.
The offensive improvement has not been a big factor in the success of the team’s defense.
Texas allowed just 48.4 point per game in 2016, which ranked 26th in the country.
It allowed just 57.8 points per games in 2015, which led the Big Ten.
But that is now on pace to be the lowest number in the ACC.
The Aggies are allowing just 43.6 points per team per game.
If the defense can improve, that could be a good thing.
The new coach should be able to improve this defense as well.
Austin is already getting some help from the new coaching staff.
The defensive line, which allowed 1,066 yards last season on just 23.7 points per drive, will get a new face.
Defensive end Darnell Hunt, a defensive end who played with Brown and Bryant in the 1990s, will also have a chance