My schedule for the weekend:
Friday, December 6- TCU vs. Southern California at Dickie's Arena in Fort Worth (The inaugural game at the arena.)
Saturday, December 7- SMU vs. Georgetown at Moody Coliseum in Dallas
Sunday, December 8- Texas vs. Texas A&M at Dickie's Arena
College basketball is finally here! I pretty excited about this basketball for several reasons but probably the most because of the games I will hopefully get to see. I've got a couple of different trips planned to see some different teams and new arenas. Plus there are always last minute adds, like the Baylor game yesterday.
Most of you know one of my goals is to visit 7 historic college basketball gyms and so far I've seen a game in 3 of the gyms. This past weekend I had the chance to drive up to Stillwater, OK and see my team, the Texas Longhorns, play Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The outcome of the game wasn't what I was hoping for but the rest of the trip was pretty awesome! Here's a little bit about our trip:
To say the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team is a big deal would be an understatement.
8 National Championships. Big Blue Nation. #1 in the Nation. 24,000 fans in Rupp Arena.
My dad and I have been to games that included the Wildcats, in fact 3 of 4 Final Fours we've attended have included Kentucky, but never have we been able to experience Kentucky in Rupp Arena.
Country Music Hall of Fame. Tennessee Titans. Vanderbilt Commodores.
The city of Nashville has some great attractions but we were there for basketball. Our main reason for making the trip was to see the University of Texas play at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY but after looking at various options to make the trip more memorable I stumbled onto the basketball game in Nashville. It just so happened that fellow Big 12 school, Baylor, would be playing against Vanderbilt the night before the main attraction. And I'm definitely not the person to turn down more basketball.
We made the arrangements to fly into Nashville on Thursday morning and spent the day exploring the city thanks to recommendations from the car rental employees and Apple maps. The recommendations were spot on and I would encourage you to eat at Martin's BBQ and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. For a first time visitor it seemed like a fun place to live with the music scene and 2 large colleges added to the government part of things, it reminded me a little of Austin.