NCAA Bracket 2012: Titans Will Meet In East, Mentor And Student In West

The narratives for the Elite Eight that were pre-written on Thursday come nicely tied up: in the East, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Ohio State meet in a matchup of titans, and in the West, No. 4 Louisville and Rick Pitino will take on Billy Donovan's No. 7 Florida squad.

The Orange edged Wisconsin 64-63 to advance, while Ohio State made a late run to get an 81-66 win over Cincinnati. The smothering Syracuse zone faces a tough test in Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas.

Meanwhile, in Phoenix, Pitino -- who coached Donovan while the latter was at Providence, and then hired him as an assistant coach -- pits his Cardinals' rugged defense against Florida's offensive firepower after a 57-44 strangulation of Michigan State. Bradley Beal leads the Gators, who took down Marquette 68-58.

For more on the winners, check out Alligator Army, Louisville blog Card Chronicle, Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and Ohio State blog Along The Olentangy. Also view our updated 2012 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket.

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