BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22: Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a play against the Cincinnati Bearcats during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2012 NCAA Tournament: Sweet Success For Syracuse, Ohio State, Florida And Louisville

The Orange face the Buckeyes on Saturday after bouncing Wisconsin and Cincinnati. The Gators and Cardinals also have a date after downing Marquette and Michigan State.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Marquette Vs. Florida: Gators Win 68-58, Move On To Second Straight Elite Eight

Florida came into the 2012 NCAA Tournament as one of the nation's coldest teams. Now, the Gators are hot, and after a 68-58 win over Marquette in the Sweet 16, they are guaranteed to be one of the last eight squads standing.

Bradley Beal was the Gators' star on Thursday night, stuffing the stat sheet with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Unsurprisingly, his highlight reel for the game is pretty impressive.

And Mike Rosario celebrating the win is worth a look, too.


Marquette wasn't able to keep up, shooting an ice-cold 30.8 percent from the field and getting the 29 points Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom were able to score on a combined 30 shots.

Florida moves on to the Elite Eight, where Billy Donovan will meet his college coach and mentor, Rick Pitino, and the Louisville Cardinals.

For more, visit Florida blog Alligator Army and Marquette blog Anonymous Eagle.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Cincinnati Vs. Ohio State Score: Buckeyes Earn Elite Eight Berth, Win 81-66

The battle of Ohio in Boston in the 2012 NCAA Tournament was won by a second-half run. And it was the Ohio State Buckeyes who made it en route to defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 81-66.

Jared Sullinger scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds to anchor the Buckeyes, and Deshaun Thomas put up 26 points to lead all scorers. But after conceding the lead to Cincinnati, Ohio State took control of the game with a 20-4 run in the second half to take it back for good. And Sullinger did work during it.

Cashmere Wright had 18 points for Cincy, which also got 15 points from Sean Kilpatrick and 13 from Jaquon Parker.

Ohio State moves on to the Elite Eight, where the Buckeyes will face off with Syracuse on Saturday.

For more, visit Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy and Cincinnati blog Down The Drive.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Syracuse Vs. Wisconsin Score: Orange Are Headed To Elite Eight

The Wisconsin Badgers trailed at halftime, but a barrage of three-pointers in the second half changed things around for Bo Ryan's team. It ended up not being enough to overtake the Syracuse Orange, however, and Jim Boeheim's team is headed to the Elite Eight following Thursday night's victory.

The Badgers made 14 of their 27 attempts from beyond the arc, but Syracuse seemed to have an answer for almost every score in the second half on their way to a 64-63 victory. The Badgers had a chance to tie the game on their final possession, but a missed a three-pointer fired up from way beyond the arc by senior guard Jordan Taylor sealed the Orange's ticket to the next round.

C.J. Fair led a balanced offense for Syracuse with 15 points, while Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters all scored in double figures as well -- Waiters coming up huge off the bench with 13 total points. Fair was probably the team's best all-around player as he added seven rebounds and four steals as well.

The Badgers got excellent contributions from Taylor and Jared Berggren with 17 points apiece, but none of the other Wisconsin players were able to tally double figures in the points column.

For more on the Orange, be sure to visit Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. The best Badgers blog on the internet can be found at Bucky's 5th Quarter.


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