On to Nashville for the early games. These won't be played at Vanderbilt, but instead will be at the Bridgestone Arena. What have I learned about Bridgestone in the last minute and a half? Well, they're a Japanese company and the name comes from the word ishibashi, which roughly translates as "stone bridge." So there's that.
Alright, on to basketball.
Cincinnati (6) vs Texas (11)
How they got here: The Bearcats (24-10) began the year by laying a complete egg in the out-of-conference portion of their schedule. The only two teams in Pomeroy's top-100 that they played both beat them, and then Cincy through in a loss to Presbyterian just for fun. They started Big East play 5-4 and the season outlook wasn't particularly bright. But Mick Cronin's squad turned it around, and they won five of the last six in the regular season, and then played their way into the Big East final where they lost to Louisville.
Texas (20-13) has been the team all season t...