After a few much-needed days to recuperate, and perhaps print a fresh bracket, the 2012 NCAA Men's Tournament is back underway. At the start of the night, 16 teams remained, including all four No. 1 seeds.
None of those teams are working the late shift on Thursday, however. Instead, we're being treated to a contest between a pair of intra-state rivals that rarely match up and another tilt between two clubs that each fancy themselves as darkhorse contenders to cut down the nets in New Orleans.
No. 2 ranked Ohio State faces No. 6 Cincinnati in a game that has higher stakes than a trip to the Elite Eight for those in the Buckeye State. Cincy rarely gets a chance to go up against Ohio State and will relish the opportunity presented them tonight.
Elsewhere, Buzz Williams' Marquette club goes up against Billy Donovan's Florida. The Gators waltzed into the Sweet 16 after thrashing Norfolk State, one of the Cinderella teams from the opening days of the tournament. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, rode Jae Crowder as pulled away from Murray State to clinch their spot in tonight's game.
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