The second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is in full effect, and perhaps the most intriguing matchup of the East Region will be on display when the No. 6-seed Cincinnati Bearcats (24-10) faces the No. 11-seeded Texas Longhorns (20-13) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.
The tip off takes place at 12:15 p.m. ET. The game will be television on CBS.
If you're looking to watch the game online, it can be seen on March Madness On Demand, which shows every NCAA Men's Tournament game for a one-time payment of $3.99.
The Bearcats are led by an excellent guard tandem of sophomore Sean Kilpatrick and senior Dion Dixon. The backcourt averages 27.4 points per game. Another player who is a force is bulky big man Yancey Gates, a 6'9 senior averaging 12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
Mike Cronin's squad saw their four-game winning streak snapped by Louisville on Mar. 10. During the winning streak, the Bearcats defeated ranked teams: Marquette, Georgetown, and Syracuse.
The Longhorns should be up to the challenge in playing Cincinnati. Junior J'Covan Brown is one of the most talented guards in the nation, and is averaging 20.1 points per game, which led the Big 12 in scoring.
Behind Brown is a group of exciting freshman, who head coach Rick Barnes believes have learned some valuable lessons this season.
Perhaps the Longhhorns have learned from failure. Texas have had eight games against ranked opponents this season, and didn't win once.
PREDICTION: This should be a tight game, as the Bearcats may be suffereing from fatigue as March has rolled around. The Longhorns shoot better from the field and from the free-throw line, but Cincinnati has experience on their side. Expect the Bearcats to inch away from Texas in the closing minutes.
PREDICTED SCORE: Cincinnati over Texas, 66-60