You’ve seen these programs succeed before, to varying degrees. But they may not have had the type of years they wanted to in 2017-18.

Here are six programs who would love to bounce back this season.

Texas Longhorns

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Jericho Sims

Shaka Smart has been fine thus far at Texas. He’s made the NCAA tournament two out of three years and won eight more games in year three than year two.

But Texas only snagged a 10-seed in last year’s dance, and it had Mo Bamba. Bamba is off to the NBA, but the Longhorns are talented as usual and should be able to earn a single-digit NCAA tournament seed in 2019.

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Texas has a bunch of talented guards, a staple of Smart’s best teams at VCU. Dylan Osetkowski and Jericho Sims return in the frontcourt. The Longhorns have had solid starting lineups during Smart’s tenure, for the most part, but depth has been lacking. And depth is crucial in Smart’s go-go system.

That’s the biggest thing Texas has going for it this season. This is a huge year for Smart, who came to Austin with a lot of hype after winning no fewer than 26 games per season in six years with the Rams. 

Wisconsin Badgers

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Wisconsin's Ethan Happ drives during the 2017-18 season.Ethan Happ

We don’t really know what a Greg Gard team looks like with Greg Gard’s players. There are still holdovers from the Bo Ryan era, but in year three, this is mostly Gard’s team.  

He’s had one great season and one not so great season as head coach. Gard reached the Sweet 16 in his first year and missed the NCAA tournament in his second. Losing Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes had a lot to do with the Badgers’ downfall.

Wisconsin’s style hasn’t changed under Gard. It still plays at one of the slowest paces in college hoops; the Badgers ranked 347th in adjusted tempo last season.