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The second year of the Shaka Smart tenure at Texas begins in earnest on Friday when the 21st-ranked Longhorns open their regular season as they host the University of the Incarnate Word at the Erwin Center in Austin. Swingman Jrue Holiday Jersey .Its half the planet away from where Texas began the 2015-16 campaign, when it played its opener in Shanghai against Washington. Its also a whole different world from where the Longhorns were as a team at this time last year.Texas carries a roster that has just two seniors that logged significant playing time after sending an upperclassmen-heavy squad to the court last season. The Longhorns finished a 20-13 campaign that ended in a loss to Northern Iowa in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.Texas doesnt return a player that averaged in double-figure scoring last year. Two sophomore guards, Eric Davis, Jr. (7.4 points per game) and Kerwin Roach (7.5 ppg) are the Longhorns top returning scorers; Davis will start Friday while Roach (and fellow sophomore guard/forward Tevin Mack) will miss the game because of a suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules during the offseason.Fridays contest marks the collegiate regular-season debut for a talented freshman quartet -- forward Jarrett Allen, center James Banks and guards Andrew Jones and James Young -- that was ranked as a Top 5 national recruiting class.Those four players combined to register 62 of the teams 95 points and 29 of the teams 50 rebounds in a combined 113 minutes during the Longhorns exhibition win against Angelo State last week. All four freshmen reached double digits in scoring (Young 21, Jones 17, Allen 14, Banks 10).As talented as Texas is expected to be in the seasons early going, it will be only better as the season progresses, Smart said.Its not really a basketball Xs and Os thing as much as these guys figuring out how much as a team they need each other, Smart said. Especially these freshman guys who were the center of everything in their high school world and the sophomores who are now in a different role.Incarnate Word was 17-12 last season, finishing third in the Southland Conference. But the Cardinals cant be taken lightly after they upset St. Johns last season.Incarnate Word coach Ken Burmeister has posted 10 consecutive winning seasons with the Cardinals, including two conference titles, a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.He has led Incarnate Word through a smooth transition into NCAA Division I play as the team has won 56 games over its first three years in the Southland Conference. That includes an 18-11 mark in 2014-15 when the Cardinals played a full Division I schedule for the first time.Were playing our share of big schools as we try to build this program, and there are times when we come away from the game excited about our potential and others when we are just ready to move on, Burmeister said. Were ready to play a game because thats when well learn the most about ourselves. We just appreciate being able to play someone like Texas.The Cardinals finished the 2015-16 season averaging 74.0 points per game, while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Over the previous two seasons, Incarnate Word ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring.Sophomore forward Simi Socks and junior guard Shawn Johnson return to lead the backcourt, while junior college transfer forward Devin Wyatt and freshman guard Christian Peevy headline a strong class of incoming players.Johnson is the Cardinals most athletic player and will take on an added scoring role while rebounding and defending the oppositions best player. He was first on the team in blocks and third in steals, while shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range last year.Burmeister said his team is a fighting through some preseason injuries, most notably a back ailment for junior transfer center Myles Banks.The Longhorns have won 13 of their last 14 season openers and have posted an overall mark of 90-20 (.818) in their previous 110 season-opening games. Texas has won 14 straight home openers and is 34-5 in home openers since the Erwin Center opened prior to the 1977-78 season.Fridays contest is the first meeting between the Longhorns and Incarnate Word in mens basketball. Omer Asik Jersey . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. Tyreke Evans Pelicans Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan isnt ready to decide whether he will extend his MLS comeback for another season with the LA Galaxy.Three days after their elimination from the playoffs, the Galaxy also had no news Wednesday on the career plans of Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane. Gerrard is expected to make an announcement later this week, while Keane plans to wait until later in the month.Im hopeful they continue to be part of our club, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. Well see. Only time will tell.The 34-year-old Donovan says he greatly enjoyed his comeback season, which ended with the Galaxys loss to Colorado on penalty kicks in the Western Conference semifinals. Donovan said he hasnt spoken to the Galaxy or to his wife about the future.I enjoyed it a lot, and nobody wants to end that way, Donovan said. Thats tough, but thats part of sports, and (I) came back with a little bit of a different perspective, where you can appreciate and enjoy the process more.Donovan, the top scorer in the history of MLS and the U.S. national team, ended a 21-month retirement in September. Wearing No. 26 instead of his usual No. 10, he appeared in six regular-season games and three playoff contests, adding one goal to his league-record total of 145.Arena says he believes Donovan is 50-50 on a return for 2017, and Donovan said nothing to dispute that notion.The last while that I was playing before (retirement), it became more of a job than fun, Donovan said. And when that line got crossed, it was hard for me. But this was enjoyable. I really had fun. I enjoyed playing. It was good to have that to help remind me of the joy that this game has always brought me.Donovan returned in a supporting role for the Galaxy, complementing Giovani Dos Santos and the rest of the Galaxys ever-changing attack. The star-studded Galaxys struggles withh major injuries played a role in their disappointing sixth-place finish in the overall MLS table, followed by a narrow playoff exit against the Rapids. Custom Pelicans Jersey. Arena expects changes to the Galaxys core around Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes, who appear to be the cornerstones of the franchises future. Those changes could include the departure of their two most prominent European stars.Keane and Gerrard were not made available to address their futures Wednesday, but both are out of contract this winter.Gerrard has shown flashes of his Liverpool greatness during 1 1/2 seasons stateside, but the midfielder also dealt with injuries throughout his stay. He was out for one month between games twice during the second half of this season, returning to play 45 minutes in the playoff game against Colorado last weekend.Gerrard traveled back to Liverpool for treatment on his injuries, and he has spoken fondly about his intentions to return home soon.Keane has been one of MLS best players since his arrival with the Galaxy in 2011, but injuries and international duties forced the former Ireland striker out of LAs lineup for roughly half the season. The 36-year-old Keane plans a coaching career, but has said he wants to continue as a player for a few more years.Keane was just one of several players who endured significant injury troubles. Gerrard, Zardes, Nigel De Jong and others also missed long stretches, contributing to LAs mid-table finish and a league-high 16 ties.Theres some encouraging things, said Arena, who still plans to return to the Galaxy. 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