NCAA Tournament 2012: North Carolina, Kansas Advance To Elite Eight In St. Louis

North Carolina and Kansas— the region's traditional powers— will face off in a blockbuster Elite Eight match up.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Sweet 16, North Carolina Vs. Ohio: Tar Heels Deal With Undedogs, Kendall Marshall Injury

As the Midwest bracket gears up for its Sweet 16 contests in St. Louis, the 2012 NCAA Tournament gets some of its last underdog match ups of the year: The No. 13 Ohio Bobcats will take on the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels, and with Kendall Marshall injured and unlikely to play the longshots have more of a chance than anybody could have expected to knock off another No. 1 seed a day after Michigan State fell.

The Bobcats have depended all year on D.J. Cooper, a strikingly inefficient—.357 from the field this year—junior guard who nevertheless leads the team in scoring. Cooper's scored 40 points in two tournament games so far, running up the bracket with wins over Michigan and South Florida.

The Tar Heels, meanwhile, will try to find a way to move the ball around without sophomore Marshall, who led the NCAA in assists in 2011-12.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule, Bracket For Friday: St. Louis Hosts UNC, Kansas

The last of the 2012 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 action takes place Friday, when St. Louis will host the Midwest Region's final four bracket contenders. North Carolina vs. Ohio kicks the local action off just before seven o'clock, while Kansas and North Carolina State will follow shortly after. St. Louis is sharing today's March Madness stage with Atlanta, where Baylor vs. Xavier and Kentucky vs. Indiana are on the agenda. Here's your complete schedule for Friday's action, complete with TV and broadcaster information:

South Region

Baylor vs. Xavier (Atlanta): 6:15 p.m. CDT on CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Kentucky vs. Indiana (Atlanta): 8:45 p.m. CDT on CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

Midwest Region

North Carolina vs. Ohio (St. Louis): 6:47 p.m. CDT on TBS
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

Kansas vs. N.C. State (St. Louis): 9:17 p.m. CDT on TBS
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012, Michigan State Vs. Louisville Final Score: Cardinals Crush Sloppy Spartans

The Louisville Cardinals were able to turn in an even more stultifying pace than the Saint Louis Billikens managed in their Sweet 16 matchup with the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans, holding Tom Izzo's squad's final score to just 44 points on the way to a 57-44 win that will move them into the 2012 NCAA bracket's Elite Eight. Draymond Green shot just 5-16, finishing with 13 points and 16 rebounds, while only one other Spartan—Brandon Wood—was in double digits. They shot just .286 from the field—of course, the Cardinals shot just .382.

It was not a banner day for basketball as it ought to be played, but the Cardinals—led by Chane Behanan, who scored 15 and pulled down nine rebounds—managed to move on. They're within one game of the Final Four after the upset.

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NCAA Tournament Tickets: Cinderellas Driving Up Prices

In St. Louis' Midwest region, ticket prices are considerably higher, likely due in part to the presence of No. 13 Ohio and No. 11 NC State.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: March Madness Returns; Your Sweet 16 Schedule Is Here

Finally, March Madness fans: Your 2012 NCAA bracket is back in style—whatever's left of it—the NCAA Tournament is back on, and we've gotten all the way to Sweet 16 play. Wisconsin vs. Syracuse will open a stripped-down set of tournament games Thursday afternoon from Boston, on CBS; on Friday St. Louis will host some Sweet 16 games of its own. A complete TV schedule, with times and broadcasters, follows:

Wisconsin vs. Syracuse (Boston): 6:15 p.m. CT——CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

Louisville vs. Michigan State (Phoenix): 6:47 p.m. CT——TBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore, Marty Snider

Cincinnati vs. Ohio State (Boston): 8:45 p.m. CT——CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

Florida vs. Marquette (Phoenix): 9:17 p.m. CT——TBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore and Marty Snider

Saint Louis fans will finally have the chance to root against Michigan State. Are your voodoo Spartans ready? More coverage from SB Nation St. Louis:

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NCAA Bracket 2012: March Madness Resumes With Sweet 16 Play Thursday

March Madness fans looking longingly at their 2012 NCAA bracket have just one more day until NCAA Tournament play resumes with the Sweet 16—Wisconsin vs. Syracuse will kick off the smaller-scale tourney play at 6:15 CDT, with Louisville vs. Michigan State, Cincinnati vs. Ohio State, and Florida vs. Marquette following soon after. A complete schedule follows, with TV times and broadcasters, follows. On Friday St. Louis will host two Sweet 16 contests; until then you'll have to settle for CBS and TBS.

Wisconsin vs. Syracuse (Boston): 6:15 PM CDT, CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

Louisville vs. Michigan State (Phoenix): 6:47 PM CDT, TBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore, Marty Snider

Cincinnati vs. Ohio State (Boston): 8:45 PM CDT on CBS
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

Florida vs. Marquette (Phoenix): 9:17 PM CDT on TBS
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Len Elmore, Marty Snider

Fans of the dearly departed Saint Louis Billikens will want to commence rooting against the Michigan State Spartans early.

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Kendall Marshall Injury Update: After Successful Surgery, Marshall's Status Uncertain

The No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels take on the No. 13 Ohio Bobcats on Friday night, and after PG Kendall Marshall's successful surgery on Monday, the sophomore still has a chance of playing:

Kendall injured his non-shooting wrist on Sunday during a hard foul. The 20-year-old has average 8.1 points and 9.8 assist per game in the 2011-12 college basketball season. Despite breaking his wrist, Marshall led the Tar Heels in points and assists Sunday, scoring 18 points with 11 assists in his 36 minutes.

For more on this games, stay with SB Nation St. Louis. For more on North Carolina visit Carolina March, and for more on Ohio visit Hustle Belt, SB Nation's MAC blog. For the best news, notes and analysis of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, stick with SB Nation's college basketball news hub.

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