Texas, ranked No. 19 in the preseason, will have plenty to build on but can’t afford to blink when it opens its season against defensive-minded UT Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns, who won five of their final six games of 2919-20 before the campaign was shut down because of the coronavirus, have the most experienced roster in the Big 12 Conference and return every scholarship player from last year. “At times in my coaching career, I’ve tried too much to maybe play too many guys or focus on where the ninth, 10th or 11th man is mentally,” Smart said.