NCAA Tournament 2012: Saint Mary's, Cal Eliminated From Dance

Saint Mary's and Cal will both be headed to the Midwest Region. We follow their paths into the madness of the NCAA Tournament.

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Kentucky And Kansas Will Settle It All On Monday

The Final Four matchups in the 2012 NCAA Tournament were held on Saturday night. When the smoke cleared, we were finally left with our last two teams, who will face off in New Orleans on Monday to determine this year's national champion.

The Kentucky Wildcats had a barn-burner, as expected, against their in-state rivals the Louisville Cardinals and came away with the 69-61 win. On the other side of the bracket, the Ohio St. Buckeyes led for nearly the entire game before the Kansas Jayhawks came from behind to secure the 64-62 win and earn the right to play for the national title.

You can see how Kentucky and Kansas got to this point, as well as how everything else in the tournament went down with our printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF). Print it out, keep it with you and get the satisfaction of filling in the eventual national champion yourself.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Updated Printable Bracket Available For Final Four Saturday

The 2012 NCAA Tournament has come down to the Final Four. Only two teams will make it past Saturday and earn the right to compete for the national championship. If you've already torn your bracket to shreds (like most of America), SB Nation has you covered.

Check out SB Nation's updated printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) to make your final predictions and to see the path that each of the Final Four teams traveled to make it to New Orleans this weekend.

The Louisville Cardinals will take on the Kentucky Wildcats on one side of the bracket in the first ever Final Four meeting between the bitter in-state rivals, while the Ohio St. Buckeyes and Kansas Jayhawks will meet for the first time ever in the NCAA Tournament in the other national semifinal matchup.

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Final Four Headed To New Orleans

The 2012 NCAA Tournament began with 68 teams and following two more games on Sunday, the field has been narrowed to the Final Four. More than that, only one of the four No. 1 seeds remains in the hunt for the national championship Check out SB Nation's updated printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) to see how each of the four remaining teams got here.

Heading to New Orleans next week is the No. 1 overall team in the entire tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats, who dispatched the Baylor Bears and will now take on their in-state rivals the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four.

Also writing their ticket to the Big Easy were the Kansas Jayhawks, who upended No. 1 Midwest Region seed the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Jayhawks will meet the Ohio St. Buckeyes in the Final Four.

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Final Four 2012: Kentucky Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, Ohio State Buckeyes, Louisville Cardinals

The Kansas Jayhawks seemed like they were in trouble when they stuck in an up-tempo contest against the North Carolina Tar Heels, but they held their own against a UNC squad lacking Kendall Marshall and finally shut down Kansas late.

The Kentucky Wildcats had much less trouble dispatching the Baylor Bears. Playing with impressive athleticism on both sides, Kentucky overwhelmed Baylor for forty minutes to punch their ticket to New Orleans.

Here's your Final Four schedule.

Saturday, March 31, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Kentucky vs. Louisville, 3:09 PM PT/6:09 PM ET
Kansas vs. Ohio State, 5:49 PM PT/8:49 PM ET

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Final Four Finalized Sunday Night

With two of the tickets already punched for the 2012 Final Four, the entire field will fill out by the end of the day Sunday as the last two elite eight games are set to take place in the South and Midwest regions.

Ohio State and Louisville have already made their way into the big dance on Saturday, but the Baylor Bears tussle with the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels for the final two spots in the tournament.

Most brackets around the country have been busted long ago, but you can always keep dreaming or stay in the loop by checking out SB Nation's daily printable bracket (PDF).

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Printable Version Available For Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 is at hand, which probably means all of you need to revise your bracket and look at it right. With both Cal and St. Mary's gone from the tournament, many Bay Area college basketball fans will probably be primarily interested in how their brackets are looking and what picks they have left to salvage for the second week of the tournament.

There are a lot of upsets that have probably messed up your brackets, so it's probably best to take a look at something new to try and clean things up. Luckily, SB Nation has you covered.

Click here for a brand new, fresh printable bracket and to follow the SB Nation StoryStream that covers the entire tournament.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Updated Sweet 16 Printable Brackets Released

The 2012 NCAA Tournament has been a wild one to this point and only 16 teams remain in March Madness. Just two wins this weekend separate teams from the Final Four, and you can bet the nation's best and brightest will give it everything they've got.

There are been plenty of upsets in the opening rounds and there is a pretty good chance your bracket isn't exactly looking great at this point. Fortunately for you, we have an updated, printable bracket that has been updated for the Sweet 16 and beyond.

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SB Nation Bay Area will have full coverage of the action this week, including a look at the West Region and which team emerges for the national semifinals. The Cal Bears and Saint Mary's Gaels may be eliminated from the competition, but that does not mean March Madness will not live up to the billing this time around.

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NCAA Tournament Brackets 2012: Updated Printable Version Released Following Wild Day Of Upsets

The 2012 NCAA Tournament is off to a great start and Friday was one of the wackiest days in recent memory. Of the 16 games that were played, eight them resulted in an upset, including losses from TWO No. 2 seeds, a No. 4 seed and a No. 5 seed. With teams like Duke, Mizzou and Michigan eliminated from the competition, there is a strong chance your bracket is looking pretty ugly right now.

Luckily for you, we have an updated version of the bracket available to print. Keep track of all the action this weekend without trying to read through the big red lines that cover your original predictions. Click here for printable version and to follow the SB Nation StoryStream that is covering the entire tournament.

The west-coast teams may not play a very big role in this year's tournament -- heck, Gonzaga and Colorado are really the only two teams remaining -- but March Madness always seems to live up to the hype with its Cinderella teams and last-second shots.

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Bracket Predictions 2012: Michigan State Predicted To Win West Regional

Round of 64

#1 Michigan State vs. #16 Long Island: This one gonna get ugly. Michigan State all the way.

#8 Memphis vs. #9 St. Louis: Why on Earth are these teams in the eight/nine spots? They're drastically underseeded. This is exactly the type of matchup where St. Louis should thrive if they can play at their tempo and force Memphis into a halfcourt game.

#5 New Mexico vs. #12 Long Beach State: New Mexico is peaking at the exact same time, and Long Beach State hasn't played quality competition in ages. New Mexico is what's happening here.

#4 Louisville vs. #13 Davidson: Louisville is one of those teams that is hitting the tourney on a roll, and Davidson is going to be in trouble here.

#6 Murray State vs. #11 Colorado State: Murray State's biggest issues are defensive rebounds and turnovers. Colorado State is good at neither of those things. Murray State rocks on.

#3 Marquette vs. #14 BYU: Another fast-paced game with the Cougars might wear them down. There goes Marquette.

#7 Florida vs. #10 Virginia: Offense meets defense as both teams are strong . I go with defense. Virginia.

#2 Missouri vs. #15 Norfolk State: Missouri is going to roll it up.

Round of 32

#1 Michigan State vs. #9 St. Louis: St. Louis could be a team to send a shock to the system, but it'll be close. Michigan State though.

#4 Louisville vs. #5 New Mexico: New Mexico has a much better offense, making them the team to beat.

#3 Marquette vs. #6 Murray State: Murray State scores the upset thanks to their great three point shooting.

#2 Missouri vs. #10 Virginia: Virginia's defense is offset by the general awesomeness of Missouri on both sides of the ball. The Tigers are just too well-equipped to be beat by a one-dimensional team in the tournament. Missouri.

Sweet 16

#1 Michigan State vs. #5 New Mexico: The run ends here for New Mexico, as Michigan State shows its all-around completeness by beating the Lobos at their own game and slowing the game down as well.

#2 Missouri vs. #6 Murray State: Missouri faces a team that knows how to play its pace (and play a more complete game) when they face the Racers. Murray State scores the upset.

Elite 8

#1 Michigan State vs. #6 Murray State: Michigan State's strength on their boards and their overall team defense will punch their ticket to the Final Four.

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NCAA Bracket Predictions 2012: Wichita State To Win South Regional

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Round of 64

#1 Kentucky vs. #16 Western Kentucky: Great comeback by WKU on Tuesday! I'm guessing they could pull off a similar 20-point run and do the same on Thursday, when they're trailing by 50 to Kentucky.

#8 Iowa State vs. #9 Connecticut: Everyone's already pencilling in UConn to the second round, but Iowa State seems like the exact type of team that can cause the Huskies trouble. Iowa State is the better rebounding team, an effective shooting squad, and can rain down threes like no other on a pretty poor Cyclones defense. Iowa State should advance and eliminate one of the most inconsistent squads in the entire Dance.

#5 Wichita State vs. #12 VCU: VCU had a miracle run last year, but it's likely that Wichita State eats their lunch here; they're deeper, stronger, and hold onto the basketball (the Rams's biggest strength is their turnovers). Not seeing a VCU upset here.

#4 Indiana vs. #13 New Mexico State: If New Mexico State hit threes you could consider an upset here, but they're awful at them. Indiana should be able to use their offense to mow down NMSU.

#6 UNLV vs. #11 Colorado: UNLV is pretty much a better version of Colorado, only UNLV is good on offense.

#3 Baylor vs. #14 South Dakota State: SDSU has been this successful due to their offensive prowess. But Baylor is better at it than South Dakota State.

#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Xavier: Virtually identical teams. But Xavier is slightly better at rebounding and shooting free throws, which could give them the edge.

#2 Duke vs. #15 Lehigh: Need a reason to get Duke tears: Looks like Michigan State had trouble with them. Not enough reason to not pick them though.

Round of 32

#1 Kentucky vs. #8 Iowa State: Iowa State has a two point defense that can easily be covered up. Kentucky should roll to the Sweet 16.

#4 Indiana vs. #5 Wichita State: Wichita State is a complete team. Indiana is solid offensively, but they sometimes have defensive lapses.

#3 Baylor vs. #6 UNLV: Baylor is exactly the type of team that UNLV is capable of upsetting in getting to the Sweet 16. But UNLV is too inconsistent to win two games in three nights. Baylor moves on.

#10 Xavier vs. #2 Duke: The more offensively efficient Duke cruises to the second weekend.

Sweet 16

#1 Kentucky vs. #5 Wichita State: If Kentucky is to go down, Wichita State is the perfect team to beat them. Great experience at every position, solid efficiency, and just a team that does everything right. The Kentucky youth movement has fallen every season to a seasoned squad. Wichita State scores the upset.

#3 Baylor vs. #2 Duke: Baylor must be pretty tired of seeing Duke. Time for revenge! Baylor rocks on.

Elite 8

#3 Baylor vs. #5 Wichita State: Wichita State's experience will be the difference for them scoring their first ever visit to the Final Four.

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Bracket Predictions, NCAA Tournament 2012: Ohio State To Win East Regional

Round of 64

#1 Syracuse vs. #16 UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville moves at one of the fastest paces in the country, which might be what they need to break down and upset Syracuse. What's most interesting about this one is how high a free throw rate UNC Asheville puts up, but it's countered by Syracuse's ability to keep teams on the perimeter and not allow them to break the zone. Syracuse should handle this one.

#8 Kansas State vs. #9 Southern Miss: One of the worst two point shooting teams in the country in the Golden Eagles now faces the 18th most efficient defense in the Wildcats. However, Kansas State gives it right back with their turnover woes. Kansas State still has a better team and still should win, but watch the turnovers here.

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Montana: Wisconsin is so upset-prone here, as the Badgers are a glacially slow team that doesn't score a lot of points and minimizes possessions. They're a bad two point shooting team and Montana is a good two point shooting defense. Wisconsin is not a good shooting team; Montana is a good shooting defense. The Badgers could obviously win this one, but if they don't hit their shots, Montana is the upset pick here.

#5 Vanderbilt vs. #12 Harvard: Harvard is pretty solid at doing everything except defending the three point line, which could doom them here as Vandy just loves to pour on the threes and will have the height advantage (a huge height advantage) to get any shot they want. The Commodores are an experienced team who would like to avoid bowing out early (again) and are coming off a pretty high win against Kentucky, so if they let Harvard dictate the pace they could be in trouble. Vanderbilt should assert themselves though.

#6 Cincinnati vs. #11 Texas: This is one of those games that could swing either way, so if you want an upset pick the Longhorns are a good bet. I lean Texas because they shoot free throws better, shoot free throws more often, and grab boards. Those come in handy in a close game; although Cincys good defensively, they still need to put points up.

#3 Florida State vs. #14 St. Bonaventure: Florida State has one clear weakness (ball control) and another potential one (rebounding). The Bonnies should take advantage of the second but are unlikely to force many of the first. Considering the Bonnies don't shoot threes well and are unlikely to put up much against the Seminoles, FSU should be your pick here.

#2 Ohio State vs. #15 Loyola (Maryland). Easiest pick of this round is Ohio State. Loyola is just happy to be there.

#7 Gonzaga vs. #10 West Virginia. Another tossup, but Gonzaga had to go cross-country to play a matchup where they're likely to be playing in an almost-road contest (considering West Virginia is right next to Pittsburgh). Based on site, you'd have to say WVU has the edge here.

Round of 32

#1 Syracuse vs. #8 Kansas State: It'd be convenient to pick Syracuse to go down here, but Kansas State sucks almost just as badly at getting defensive rebounds as Syracuse does, and they're playing man defense. Add in the fact that the Wildcats do way too much stupid stuff with the basketball and the Orange love to feast on turnovers. In the end, you should see Syracuse move on.

#5 Vanderbilt vs. #13 Montana: It'd be so Vanderbilt to be bounced out by the Big Sky champions, but I really like Montana in this matchup. The Commodores rely on their threes, but against Montana (a defensive-oriented squad that can cover ground and match up with Vandy), I see another upset for Montana on the horizon.

#3 Florida State vs. #11 Texas: Texas is perfectly suited to knock off FSU. Remember the Seminoles might be capable of beating Duke and North Carolina, but they are also just as capable of gagging here and going into an offensive funk. Texas is good on offense and defense, and if FSU hits a cold streak the Longhorns are more than capable of winning here.

I'll stick with the Seminoles though. The day I trust Rick Barnes to score upsets is the day I believe Big Macs cure cancer.

#2 Ohio State vs. #10 West Virginia: Ohio State has to be so thankful for this draw. Even if Gonzaga does win, they're just a pushover for the Buckeyes on their way to the Sweet 16.

Sweet 16

#1 Syracuse vs. #13 Montana: Fab Melo dooms Syracuse! Dooms them! All the way to the Elite Eight goes doomed Syracuse! (Montana's offensive struggles and rebounding issues catch up to them here, and Syracuse could probably beat anyone of those teams).

#2 Ohio State vs. #3 Florida State: The Buckeyes shouldn't have any excuses getting to the Elite 8. They have one of the easiest draws of any team out there, and the only team that could unseat them is Florida State. But the Buckeyes play better defense than the Seminoles do--a matchup like that one could be a doozy, say 48-36, and they're way better offensively. Even if both teams decide to set back offense a hundred years, the Buckeyes should win.

Elite 8

#1 Syracuse vs. #2 Ohio State: No Fab Melo means Ohio State moves onto the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament 2012: TV Times, Schedule, Announcers For Thursday's Action

It's here. The wait is over. The 2012 NCAA tournament is upon us boys and girls, and the excitement is palpable.

Thursday will consist of 16 action-packed games, with No. 1 seeds Kentucky Wildcats and Syracuse Orangemen in action, as well as a number of other exciting teams like UNLV, Kansas State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and more.

Essentially there are two sessions, the morning/early afternoon session of games and the evening session of games, all are broken down below for your viewing enjoyment. So get the popcorn ready, find a comfy seat, and if need be call in sick to work (but you didn't hear that from me).

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15- Morning/early afternoon session

Murray State vs. Colorado State, 9:15 AM PT, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Louisville vs. Davidson, 10:40 AM PT, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Wisconsin vs. Montana, 11:10 AM PT, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Marquette vs. BYU/Iona, 30 minutes after conclusion of Murray St/Colorado St, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kansas St/Southern Miss, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St., 30 minutes
after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wisconsin/Montana, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

-Late afternoon/evening games-

Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 4:20 PM PT, TNT (Pittsburgh)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 4:27 PM PT, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kentucky/MVS-WKU winner, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wichita St/VCU, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 30 minutes
after conclusion of Gonzaga/West Virginia, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

UNLV vs. Colorado, 30 minutes after conc. of Baylor/South Dakota State, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Cal Vs. USF: Golden Bears Bow Out Painfully

The California Golden Bears looked so good a month ago and seemed to have an NCAA tournament bid locked up. But then they faded to the finish and bowed out in painful fashion on Wednesday night by getting blown out by South Florida in the First Four. What happened?

Cal had one of the best starting fives in the Pac-12, but their bench was among the worst. With the starters needing to do more than they were used to doing, they had to deal with a lot of added pressure to try and win basketball games. Jorge Gutierrez had to make more plays, Allen Crabbe had to take shots from all over the court (regardless of whether they were the sweet spots or not), and Harper Kamp had to carry a greater load. Justin Cobbs struggled to run the offense in his first year on the job, and David Kravish hit the freshman wall.

All of those came to a head against South Florida, when Cal simply struggled to create while also being overwhelmed on the defensive end. The Bulls knew most of what to do against the Bears, enjoying a much easier time handling and shutting down the offense. Cal is going to have to get deeper and stronger if they plan on enjoying greater success in tournament basketball.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 TV Schedule And Times: Cal Plays South Florida Wednesday At 6 PM On TruTV

As you know by now, the California Golden Bears have to play one extra game to get into the NCAA Tournament. That game comes against the South Florida Bulls, another bubble team. They'll play Wednesday night in Dayton for the right to get to the Round of 64.

Below are all the TV times, channels, schedules, announcers and locations for all the games.


TUESDAY, MARCH 13

Western Kentucky vs. Miss Valley St Delta Devil. - Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Iona Gaels vs. BYU Cougars - Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Vermont Catamounts vs. Lamar Cardinals - Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)

Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

South Florida Bulls vs. California Golden Bears - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT, truTV (Dayton)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Morning/early afternoon session

Murray State vs. Colorado State, 9:15 AM PT, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Kansas State vs. Southern Miss, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Louisville vs. Davidson, 10:40 AM PT, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Wisconsin vs. Montana, 11:10 AM PT, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Marquette vs. BYU/Iona, 30 minutes after conclusion of Murray St/Colorado St, CBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Syracuse vs. UNC Asheville, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kansas St/Southern Miss, truTV (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

New Mexico vs. Long Beach St., 30 minutes
after conclusion of Louisville/Davidson, TBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, 30 minutes after conclusion of Wisconsin/Montana, TNT (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening games

Kentucky vs. Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Wichita State vs. VCU, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 4:20 PM PT, TNT (Pittsburgh)

Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

Baylor vs. South Dakota State, 4:27 PM PT, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)

Iowa State vs. Connecticut, 30 minutes after conclusion of Kentucky/MVS-WKU winner, TBS (Louisville)
Announcers: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Lesley Visser (sideline)

Indiana vs. New Mexico State,
30 minutes after conclusion of Wichita St/VCU, CBS (Portland)
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Dan Bonner (analyst), Jenn Hildreth (sideline)

Ohio State vs. Loyola Maryland, 30 minutes
after conclusion of Gonzaga/West Virginia, TNT (Pittsburgh)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Len Elmore and Reggie Miller (analysts), Marty Snider (sideline)

UNLV vs. Colorado, 30 minutes after conc. of Baylor/South Dakota State, truTV (Albuquerque)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Bob Wenzel (analyst), Jamie Maggio (sideline)


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Morning/early afternoon session


Cincinnati vs. Texas,
9:15 AM PT, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

San Diego St. vs. NC State, 9:40 AM PT, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Creighton vs. Alabama, 10:40 AM, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Florida vs. Virginia, 11:10 AM, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure,
30 minutes after conc. of Cincinnati/Texas, CBS (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

Georgetown vs. Belmont, 30 minutes after conclusion of San Diego St./NC State, truTV (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, 30 minutes after conclusion of Creighton/Alabama, TBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Missouri vs. Norfolk St., 30 minutes after conclusion of Florida/Virginia, TNT (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

Late afternoon/evening session.

Memphis vs. Saint Louis, 3:50 PM PT, TBS (Columbus)
Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Duke vs. Lehigh, 4:15 PM PT, CBS (Greensboro)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Michigan vs. Ohio,
4:20 PM PT, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


St. Mary’s (CA) vs. Purdue,
4:27 PM PT, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)


Michigan State vs. LIU Brooklyn, 30 minutes after conclusion of Memphis/St. Louis, TBS (Columbus)

Announcers: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), Otis Livingston (sideline)

Notre Dame vs. Xavier, 30 minutes after conclusion of Duke/Lehigh, CBS (Greensboro)

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Clark Kellogg (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Temple vs. California/South Florida, 30 minutes after conclusion of Michigan/Ohio, TNT (Nashville)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Jim Spanarkel (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)


Kansas vs. Detroit, 30 minutes after conclusion of St. Mary's/Purdue, truTV (Omaha)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Craig Sager (sideline)

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Cal Faces South Florida In First Four

The California Golden Bears are a No. 12 seed in the Midwest Region, and will be part of the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. The opponent for the Bears will be the South Florida Bulls, and the two teams will tangle on Wednesday, March 14th at 6 PM PT on TruTV in the First Four for the right to face Temple in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Here is a quick look at South Florida and what type of team Cal has to deal with.

Team: South Florida

Record: 20-13, 12-6 in conference

Conference: Big East conference

RPI: 53rd, 2-9 in the RPI Top 50, 6-10 against the RPI Top 100

Ken Pomeroy Rank: 66th

Jeff Sagarin Computer Rating: 70th

Cal was probably very close to earning the tournament bye, but St. Bonaventure taking one of the final bids by winning the Atlantic 10 tournament dashed their hopes. Cal has struggled in beating the best teams they've played, and will now have to prove whether they're worthy of being in the Tournament of 64 field by playing a team with an equally spotty resume.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: How Saint Mary's Basketball Got To March Madness

Saint Mary's had a very dominant 2011-12 season in the WCC. They're hoping their success will carry over to the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: WCC Gets Three Teams For Only Second Time

The 2012 NCAA Tournament field is set and gets going later this week with the First Four in Dayton. Sunday and Monday will feature plenty of chatter about who got snubbed and who did not deserve a spot in the Dance. For the West Coast Conference however, Sunday is another step in the league's ever improving reputation.

Gonzaga has been the top dog in the conference for the last decade and when people have thought of the WCC, it is generally Gonzaga that comes to mind. However, quietly the Saint Mary's Gaels have steadily joined the conversation at the top of the conference. The Gaels made a Sweet 16 run two years ago and finally broke through in the conference this season, winning the regular season and postseason conference championships. Add in BYU in its first year with the league and the WCC is suddenly a power on the West Coast.

Although the bottom of the WCC remains quite weak, the top of the conference is strong enough to join the Mountain West in discussions about who is better than the Pac-12 this year. The Pac-12 has been struggling in recent years, with this season being the worst of it. The WCC will send three teams to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, while the Pac-12 landed two teams.

This is only the second time the WCC has sent three teams. Whatever the future of BYU as a member of the WCC, the conference is improving in the middle of the pack with schools like Loyola Marymount and San Francisco putting together strong seasons. While neither is likely to earn an NIT bid, they could end up in the CBI postseason tournament. If they can build on their recent success, the WCC could develop some serious depth moving forward.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Cal, Saint Mary's Both Going To Midwest Region

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed on Sunday (make sure and get your printable bracket!) and the selection committee decided to have a little bit of fun by putting California and Saint Mary's in the same region. Although the odds are pretty slim of both teams advancing to the regional finals, the dream remains alive!

Saint Mary's has the best chance of advancing deep into the tournament courtesy of their 7-seed. They get an inconsistent Purdue team that struggled against good teams. They follow that up with a chance against Kansas in the Round of 32. The Jayhawks are extremely talented, but have a bad habit of struggling once the Madness starts. The Gaels are likely to face Georgetown or San Diego State in the Sweet 16. Both are very tough matchups, but also quite winnable for the Gaels.

Cal on the other hand has to get through an extra game as they were slotted into the 12/12 play-in game against South Florida. A win there gets them a crack at No. 5 Temple. If they can get past the Owls, they would likely have to take down the top seed in the region in North Carolina. The Tar Heels are a very good team, but they are upset prone as we saw in the ACC finals and earlier this season against UNLV.

So, yea, you could say there's a "chance" for an all Bay Area Midwest regional final. I would not hold my breath for it, but maybe fate has a trick or two up her sleeve.

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NCAA Bracket 2012 Printable: Plot Your Pools Out!

The 2012 NCAA tournament field has officially been set, which means it is time to throw away good money trying to predict who will actually win this whole thing. In reality, a lot of people will likely pick the correct national champion. The real skill is picking the potential upsets we are guaranteed to see over the course of the first week. Make sure and head over to the mother-ship to pick up your printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

Considering Kentucky is a heavy favorite, plenty of people will be picking the Wildcats to run the table. If you are going to win your tournament pool, the key will be finding the lesser seeds that will make some noise. This goes beyond picking that 13 or 14 seed that will shock the world. The key is finding those teams in the four to seven range that have a realistic shot at advancing into the second week of the tournament. If you can nail some of those, you could find yourself "in the money" a month from now.

For the Bay Area, can Cal or Saint Mary's be such a team for you? The Bears are a 12-seed in the First Four Play-in Round of games. They get South Florida and with a win would face Temple. The Gaels are a 7-seed facing Purdue in the first round, with a potential Kansas matchup in the second round. Neither school faces an easy road, but both are extremely talented and could make some noise.

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2012 NCAA Bracket: Saint Mary's Lands In Midwest Region, Could Face Kansas

After the most successful regular season in school history, the Saint Mary's Gaels have landed the No. 7 seed in the Midwest region for this year's NCAA Tournament. One of three teams from the West Coast Conference to get a bid, the Gaels received solid seeding. Of course, considering they claimed the regular season and postseason titles, one might have expected a slightly higher spot.

The Midwest region should pose numerous challenges for a talented Saint Mary's squad. In the first round, the Gaels will be facing tenth-seeded Purdue, with the winner moving on to likely face No. 2-seeded Kansas in the second round. The Jayhawks face a solid enough Detroit Titans team, but the odds are long for Detroit.

Saint Mary's returns to the tournament two years after they made a modest Cinderella run as a ten seed. They knocked off seventh-seeded Richmond and second-seeded Villanova before losing to Baylor. They are back in the 7/10 matchup and will look for some more magic if they can get into a game with Kansas. If they can upset Kansas, Saint Mary's would get a chance at the likes of San Diego State, Georgetown, NC State or Belmont.

The Midwest region has a lot of talented teams, but the Gaels have a chance to make some noise. They tripped up a bit late in the regular season and almost blew the WCC championship game against Gonzaga, but they have enough talent to do some damage in March.

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March Madness Bracket 2012: Saint Mary's To Play Purdue In First Round

After landing the No. 7 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Saint Mary's Gaels will be playing the 10th-seeded Purdue Boilermakers to kick things off in the first round. The Gaels received an automatic bid from the tournament's selection committee after winning the WCC postseason tournament. That combined with the regular season conference title and a 27-5 record was enough to warrant a solid seed.

Althoguh Saint Mary's has been in the shadow of Gonzaga for many years, the 2011-12 squad finally broke through in claiming both the regular and postseason conference titles. SMC returns to the tournament for the first time since their Sweet 16 run in 2010. That year the Gaels were a ten seed and upset No. 7 Richmond and No. 2 Villanova before falling to the No. 3 Baylor Bears.

Purdue earned an at-large bid to the tournament following a 21-12 season and a second round Big Ten tournament loss to Ohio State. The Boilermakers biggest wins of the year included early season neutral court victories over Temple and Iona, and a late season road upset of the ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Boilermakers are led by senior forward Robbie Hummel, who leads the team with 16.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, First Four Bracket Update: California Is No. 12 Seed, Will Face No. 12 South Florida On Wednesday

California ended up on the right side of the bubble, earning a No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, but they will be part of the First Four. The Golden Bears will face South Florida in a play-in game for the right to face Temple on Friday.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: Saint Mary's Is No. 7 Seed, Will Face Purdue Boilermakers On Friday

The St. Mary's Gaels will be playing in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Selection Sunday 2012: Time, TV Schedule And More

Saint Mary's has locked up an NCAA tournament bid, while Cal waits for the selection show to determine if it has done enough to get to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Will the Bears join in March Madness?

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