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Ohio vs. South Florida: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info and More

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07:  Ron Anderson Jr. #1 of the South Florida Bulls reacts during the game against the Villanova Wildcats during their second round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIMarch 17, 2012

Both the Ohio State Bobcats and South Florida Bulls are looking to prove to the world that they have what it takes to be the next Cinderella story in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

It's the battle of the two upset teams, as the No. 13 Bobcats and No.12 Bulls collide.

Ohio pulled off a shocking upset of the Michigan Wolverines, who were expected to go far this year, in a game in which they absolutely dominated their higher ranked opponent.

South Florida blew out the No. 5 seed Temple Owls in a 58-44 upset.

Both of these teams are primed to make a run, but only one of them can put on the glass slipper and advance to the Sweet 16.

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  Walter Offutt #3 of the Ohio Bobcats celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo
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Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

When: March 16, 2012 at 10:01 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

Listen: BullsCast package USF; 105.5 WXTQ FM, 970 WATH FM Athens, Ohio

Betting Line: Check Bovada.lv closer to game time.

 

Key Injuries

Ohio: No injuries to report

South Florida: No injuries to report

Injury Info via USA Today.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: head coach Stan Heath of the South Florida Bulls coaches Ron Anderson Jr. #1 of the South Florida Bulls and Jawanza Poland #5 of the South Florida Bulls against the Villanova Wildcats during their second round game of the 2012 Big
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What's At Stake?

This game is huge, as the winner goes on to the Sweet 16 and becomes one of the Cinderella stories we all know and love. The loser, well, they go home.

 

What They're Saying

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com writes on how Ohio is planning to stay cool and keep their emotions in check, even after such a thrilling upset over Michigan.

Bob Ford on Philly.com wrote about the defensive battle and offensive struggle that was the Temple vs. USF game. The Bulls offense was horrific, but in the end their defensive focus was enough to move on.

 

Most Important Player to Watch

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  D.J. Cooper #5 of the Ohio Bobcats drives the ball against Jordan Morgan #52 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Te
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Junior guard D.J. Cooper has the ability to take this game over and win it for the Bobcats. He averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game during the year, and notched an impressive 21 points, two rebounds and five assists against Michigan.

He's a game changer, and he's going to have to play a huge role in this game.

 

Key Matchup

How will USF's defense be able to slow down Cooper and the Bobcats offense? The Bulls score only 59.2 points per game compared to 70.7 from Ohio. If South Florida can slow the game down to their tempo, then I give them a good shot to win.

 

Prediction

Like I said, this game will depend on what the Bulls can do defensively as far as setting the tone. I believe this matchup favors Ohio, and they'll be trying on the slipper in the Sweet 16. 

Ohio 68, South Florida 60


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