The 2012 NCAA Tournament begins in earnest this week with the second round: the well-known Round of 64. Which teams will make the first cut in the tournament? This is where sleeper picks and Cinderella stories will begin to emerge.
One of Friday's second-round games will pit the No. 7 St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels against the No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers. St. Mary's won the WCC regular-season title as well as the conference championship tournament, ending a decade-long string of dominance by the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Boilermakers also had a strong season in the Big Ten conference. Both teams are looking to make some noise as underdogs in the tournament this year and prove they belong with the big names.
Friday's game will tip off at 7:27 p.m. ET in Omaha. The game will be televised nationally on TruTV.
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