COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Cody Ellis #24 of the St. Louis Billikens helps up teammate Kwamain Mitchell #3 after he was fouled against the Michigan State Spartans in the second half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012: Saint Louis Can't Upset Michigan State, Falls 65-61

The Saint Louis Billikens couldn't quite upset No. 1 Michigan State, losing a close one 65-61.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Printable Version Updated To Sweet 16 After Sunday's March Madness

Take a look at your 2012 NCAA Bracket. March Madness continues apace, even with the Saint Louis Billikens out of it. The Sweet 16 games are officially scheduled, and later this week we’ll wittle them down to just eight squads with a chance to win college basketball’s biggest prize. If you want to get a fresh start—maybe you had SLU going all the way—I offer, with my condolences, SB Nation’s newly updated 2012 NCAA Tournament printable bracket.

Continually updated all tournament, that link is your ticket to second chances right up until the moment the last team you would have guessed advances to the national championship game, at which point it might not be worth bothering. But our printable bracket won’t judge you—it’ll just sit there, being updated.

More 2012 NCAA Tournament coverage from SB Nation St. Louis:

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Saint Louis's March Madness Return A Major Success Despite Loss

Saint Louis couldn't quite upset the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, their first trip to March Madness since 2000, but even with the postseason ending on an ugly note it's hard to call the Billikens' return to the bracket anything but an unmitigated success. Rick Majerus and company picked up their first win in tourney play since 1998, and they came within minutes—and a few shots—of upsetting the fifth-ranked team in the nation. They earned their first AP rank since 1994, while they were at it. If basketball at Lindell ever returns to the consistent success of the Charles Spoonhour era, they'll have this team to thank.

Next year doesn't look so bad, either. Losing senior Brian Conklin, an efficient forward, who led the team in scoring, will be tough, but junior Kwamain Mitchell's outstanding performance against Memphis in the Round of 64 promised impressive things to come, and sophomore Jordair Jett was strong in their Sunday loss.

With Majerus coming up to the last year of his original six-year contract, SLU hoops could be in for yet more transitions in the years to come. But they finally have some success to build on.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Michigan State Vs. Saint Louis Final Score: Billikens Can't Pull Upset Off, Lose 65-61

The Saint Louis Billikens played exactly the game they needed to play vs. the Michigan State Spartans, cutting the pace to zero and playing as physically as college basketball is played, but their second-half shooting wasn't quite good enough to offset the Spartans' superior talent; they lost by a final score of 65-61. SLU's best NCAA Tournament since 1998 is over, but not before an impressive March Madness run that saw them within three points of the No. 1 seed in their region.

Senior Brian Conklin and junior Kwamain Mitchell led SLU with 11 points each, but both of them struggled to score from the field—they combined to go 6-18, while the team as a whole went 16-47. Nobody with more than four paints made at least half his shots from the field for the Billikens, who were 5-21 from the three-point line.

The Billikens couldn't quite pull off the upset of the tournament, but Rick Majerus and company have proven themselves to be postseason contenders—the regular season next fall should be the most excited the SLU campus has been about basketball in some time, and justifiably so.

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Michigan State Vs. Saint Louis Score Update: Billikens Lose A Timeout On A Non-Flagrant Foul (Animated)

Rick Majerus and the Saint Louis Billikens, trailing in a second half that looked ready to get away from them, took a chance to swing the momentum back in their favor when they suggested Draymond Green committed a flagrant 1 on Cody Ellis. The animated GIF suggests it was a possibility—

But additional angles showed that Green's move wasn't sufficiently flagrant—his elbow wasn't fully extended, he wasn't wearing a leather jacket, he had at no point flashed a switchblade—and in a game as physical and stultifyingly slowed-down as this one, this just didn't really stand out.

The Billikens are playing exactly the game Majerus and company hoped to play; they've reduced the pace to nothing, pulled Green and company into the muck with them, and kept things close all the way around—but they still trail the MIchigan State Spartans by three points late in the second half.

It's anybody's guess what will happen here, but you can be sure that Cody Ellis and the Billikens wish Draymond Green had given him a bloody nose on this play.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Michigan State Draws Tough Saint Louis Billikens Squad Ahead Of Sweet 16

The Saint Louis Billikens aren't exactly an established basketball powerhouse, but the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans still could have hoped for a better 2012 NCAA bracket draw than the one that has Rick Majerus's Billikens positioned between them and a Sweet 16 berth. SLU showed off its complete game plan in their Round 2 win over the Memphis Tigers—they held onto the ball, they slowed the game down, and they made the shots they took. They'll be trying the same thing against Tom Izzo and company, though they'll hardly be able to hope for another performance like Kwamain Mitchell's March Madness debut.

The Spartans are clear favorites here, but the Billikens have a very real chance to make program history—and to cement Majerus's reputation as a great college coach. The Spartans won't be intimidated, but if SLU can dictate the pace again they should be concerned.

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NCAA Bracket 2012, Schedule And Game Times For Sunday

Sunday afternoon the No. 9 Saint Louis Billikens will have to stop celebrating their upset vs. the Memphis Tigers and actually have to deal with their March Madness prize, the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans. It's time to root for your hometown team and against your 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket's continued relevance. Here's a full schedule, with TV and announcing broadcast information. Update your printable bracket and follow along as March Madness lurches toward the Sweet 16.

Georgetown vs. North Carolina State, 11:15 AM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

Michigan State vs. Saint Louis, 1:45 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

North Carolina vs. Creighton, 4:15 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Florida vs. Norfolk State, 5:10 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

South Florida vs. Ohio, 6:10 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Otis Livingston

Xavier vs. Lehigh, 6:45 PM CDT, truTV
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Kansas vs. Purdue, 7:40 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

Florida State vs. Cincinnati, 8:40 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Otis Livingston

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Saint Louis Rides March Madness Momentum

It took a while for the Saint Louis Billikens' renewed commitment to basketball to take, but in Rick Majerus's fifth season as head coach they've already picked up their first NCAA Tournament win since 1998. Beating Memphis was impressive enough, but now SLU has the chance to do even more 2012 NCAA bracket-busting than we've seen to date: All they have to do is... well, beat the No. 1-seeded Michigan State Spartans. Nobody ever said become this year's March Madness darling would be easy.

SLU-blog We Are Saint Louis has a nice preview detailing exactly what the Billikens will have to do to reach the Sweet 16. To summarize: They'll have to do exactly what they did against the Memphis Tigers, only moreso. If they can slow the pace and keep their hands on the ball like they did in the round of 64 while keeping the Spartans' shooters off-balance they'll be in a position to be the millionth shocking upset since Friday afternoon.

Of course, it'll be a little tougher with the Spartans. More hand-linked SLU coverage from SB Nation St. Louis:

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Michigan State Vs. Saint Louis: TV Schedule, Game Time, Preview

No. 9 Saint Louis University, fresh off its first NCAA Tournament win since 1998, will face a rough reintroduction to second-round play Sunday when they face the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. Keep your TV schedule free: The Columbus, Ohio matchup will kick off at 1:45 PM CDT on CBS, with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski on the call.

Michigan State comes to the matchup having roared to life in the second half of their 1-16 matchup against Long Island on their way to an 89-67 win; the Saint Louis Billikens beat the No. 8 Memphis Tigers thanks to a suffocating pace and some sharp shooting from junior Kwamain Mitchell.

It'll be tougher for Rick Majerus's Billikens to stifle the Spartans, but after an upset-filled Friday slate nobody's expecting SLU to be a pushover. The Billikens have a chance to remold themselves into a legitimate Division I basketball program after five years of preamble under Majerus; beating the Spartans and reaching the Sweet 16 would just about do it.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Michigan State Vs. Long Island: Saint Louis Billikens Score Spartans On Sunday

Long Island gave the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans a surprisingly tough time in the first half of the March Madness Sacrificial Lamb Bowl, but the one-seeds’ all-time shutout of sixteens continued apace in the second-half. The 89-67 final score means the No. 9 Saint Louis Billikens will face Tom Izzo’s team for the chance to make an improbable run at their first Sweet 16 performance in the intermittent history of their NCAA Tournament runs. Rick Majerus’s team will have to play even more perfectly than they did in the second-half performance that put them ahead of the Memphis Tigers for good.

For a team whose most enduring basketball success came back when people cared about winning the NIT—whose all-time great, Ed Macauley, was traded for Bill Russell—it’s a chance to finally put themselves on the contemporary NCAA tournament map.

It’s hard to imagine, but it’s certainly possible. It’ll be happening Sunday. For more information as it’s available, follow SB Nation St. Louis’s SLU storystream; like it on Facebook for automatic updates.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Memphis Vs. Saint Louis Final Score: Billikens Earn First Win Since 1998, March Madness Back In Town

It took the performance of a lifetime from junior guard Kwamain Mitchell, but the No. 9 Saint Louis Billikens topped the Memphis Tigers by a score of 38-31 in the second half, giving Rick Majerus and company a 61-54 second-round win and the jesuits their first NCAA Tournament win since 1998. March Madness isn't normally a going concern in St. Louis, but the Billikens have a date with—in all likelihood—the No. 1 seed in the west, Michigan State. The Tigers were just 2-12 from three-point range, and shot under 40% overall; they simply couldn't shoot well enough pull away from the Billikens.

Mitchell was outstanding; he shot 9-14 from the field, including 4-7 from the three-point line, leading all scorers. Brian Conklin added 16 points, including 10 of Saint Louis's 14 free throws. The Billikens held the Tigers to a season-low 54 points, holding on to the ball in the prescribed Majerus fashion.

The Billikens will only have Saturday to celebrate; they'll meet the Spartans (or Long Island) on Sunday, looking to get a second win in the tournament for the first time since 1957.

More SLU coverage from SB Nation St. Louis: Rick Majerus has officially been crowned SLUperman.

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NCAA Tournament 2012, Saint Louis Vs. Memphis: Tarik Black Fouls Out In Ineffective Performance

The Memphis Tigers were struck a major blow in the second half of their NCAA Tournament contest vs. the Saint Louis Billikens when sophomore starter Tarik Black fouled out after an ineffective four point performance. The Billikens’ frontline overwhelmed Black from the start, and in the midst of a run that saw SLU take its biggest lead of the night he reached in one time too many.

The Billikens have taken advantage thus far, but they’ll have to keep the pressure up if they want to maintain their tenuous lead. With less than three minutes in the game the Billikens lead the Tigers by a score of 52-47. Kwamain Mitchell has dominated the proceedings, scoring 22 points on 9-13 shooting against a Tigers squad that’s shot just 1-11 from three.

More SLU: Rick Majerus has apparently been declared SLUperman, and if the Billikens win their first tournament game since 1998 he’ll never have to pay for his own phone booth in town again.

For up-to-the-minute updates on the NCAA Tournament and the Billikens’ run through March Madness, follow SB Nation St. Louis’s storystream.
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NCAA Bracket 2012: Saint Louis Billikens Chase First Tournament Victory Since 1998 Vs. Memphis

Any long-time March Madness fan will be able to tell you that, in spite of their relatively impressive position in the 2012 NCAA tournament—a No. 9 seed against the Memphis Tigers, set to tip off Friday afternoon—Saint Louis University isn’t world-renowned for its basketball program. They had some major success in the 1950s, as well as a 1948 NIT championship back when that sort of thing was impressive, but their only lasting entry into the college athletic books is their apparent invention of the forward pass. Rick Majerus and company will look to change that tonight.

2011-12 was a season of first-sinces for SLU—the first moment in the AP Ranks (they hit 23) since 1994, their first time in March Madness proper since 2000, their first season without double-digit losses since 1995. They have one more first-since to set: They can be the first SLU basketball team since the 1998 squad, back when they were members of Conference USA, to win a game and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

More SLU coverage from SB Nation St. Louis: If you’re looking for a way to follow along, check out our complete list of NCAA Tournament radio streams for Friday. Or read on about Rick Majerus’s big test. If all else fails, we’ll be updating all night at our March Madness storystream.

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March Madness 2012, Memphis Vs. Saint Louis Preview: Rick Majerus's Big Test

In Rick Majerus’s fifth year as the Saint Louis Billikens’ head coach and chief purveyor of credibility the NCAA Tournament is finally in sight—only the No. 8 Memphis Tigers stand between No. 9 SLU and its first March Madness win since 1998.

That’s just one team, but it is a lot to deal with. The Tigers, one of the most consistent teams in college basketball, have been strong ever since they hired their own credibility-enhancer, John Calipari, back in 2000; they’ve played in eight of the last 10 tournaments, and gotten as far as the national championship game while doing it. The Billikens were 12-19 as recently as last year; Majerus’s tenure hasn’t borne real fruit until this moment.

This could make or break the long-time Utah coach’s tenure at SLU—his contract is for six years, but if he’s able to turn them into a perennial tournament contender he shouldn’t have much trouble staying on with a team that hasn’t answered to that description since the mid-90s.

More SB Nation St. Louis March Madness coverage: Friday’s schedule and a complete list of radio streams await those of you unfortunate enough to be following along from a room that doesn’t have six TVs in it.

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NCAA Bracket 2012, Schedule And Game Times For Friday

On Friday the 2012 NCAA Tournament begins for fans of the revitalized No. 9 Saint Louis Billikens (and the Memphis Tigers, if you want to be contrarian about it), but there's plenty more going on: A full Friday schedule, with TV and announcing broadcast information, follows. While you're at it, grab an updated printable bracket and follow along as March Madness continues to make its way through the Round of 64. Okay, 64-ish.

Cincinnati vs. Texas, 11:15 AM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

San Diego State vs. North Carolina State, 11:40 AM CDT, truTV
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

Creighton vs. Alabama, 12:40 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Florida vs. Virginia, 1:10 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure, 1:45 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

Georgetown vs. Belmont, 2:10 PM CDT, truTV
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

North Carolina vs. Vermont, 3:10 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Missouri vs. Norfolk State, 3:40 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

Memphis vs. Saint Louis, 5:50 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

Duke vs. Lehigh, 6:15 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Michigan vs. Ohio, 6:20 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

Saint Mary's vs. Purdue, 6:27 PM CDT, truTV
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

Michigan State vs. Long Island, 8:20 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

Notre Dame vs. Xavier, 8:45 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Temple vs. South Florida, 8:50 PM CDT, TNT
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

Kansas vs. Detroit, 8:57 PM CDT, truTV
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a completeprintable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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