March Madness action kicks off again this Thursday night with the continuation of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The stakes are higher in Sweet Sixteen action, as eight teams will be battling for spots in the Elite Eight.
In the four games that will be underway tomorrow night, the lowest seeded team still alive is the dangerous Florida Gators, who are playing like they were severely under-seeded. That should make for very entertaining games, and more upsets could definitely be in the making.
Here is the schedule of each of Thursday night's Sweet Sixteen matchups, along with a preview of each big game.
4 Wisconsin vs. 1 Syracuse, 7:15 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Wisconsin Badgers will look to create one of the biggest upsets of the 2012 NCAA Tournament when they take on the Syracuse Orange.
The Badgers got here by handling the Montana Grizzlies, 73-49. They followed that game by narrowly escaping a hot Vanderbilt team by a score of 60-57, behind the strong play of 6'6" junior forward Ryan Evans, who tallied 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Syracuse looks to use their drama-filled season to motivate them toward their second national championship. Without sophomore center Fab Melo, they were able to handle UNC-Asheville in the first round, and going on to destroy Kansas State in round of 32 action.
Dion Waiters continues to star for the Orange, and it is becoming apparent that he is the most dangerous player in this year's tournament. Senior Scoop Jardine is also playing well, and Syracuse will go as far as their talented guards can carry them.
Wisconsin doesn't have the talent to match this powerful Orange team, but if they can slow down the game and Ryan Evans exploits Syracuse's young interior, there could be an upset in the making.
4 Louisville vs. 1 Michigan State, 7:47 p.m. ET (TBS)
The Louisville Cardinals look like they are peaking at the right time, much like the Connecticut Huskies did last season. After winning the 2012 Big East Tournament, they disposed of the Davidson Wildcats as well as the dangerous New Mexico Lobos to get into the Sweet Sixteen.
Junior point guard Peyton Siva is playing the very well for the Cardinals, and is forming a dynamic tandem with 6'11" sophomore center Gorgui Dieng, who is a shot-blocking machine.
He will have his hands full with the Spartans' star, Draymond Green. The 6'7" senior power forward has had a dominant final season of college basketball, and even tallied a triple-double in Michigan State's opening-round game against LIU Brooklyn.
This is a dangerous Michigan State team that is looking more and more confident in themselves as the season progresses. The key will be the play of Peyton Siva, as well as Dieng's ability to slow down Green.
6 Cincinnati vs. 2 Ohio State, 9:45 p.m. ET (CBS)
The Cincinnati Bearcats are another team that are peaking at the right time of the season. They advanced to the Championship Game of the 2012 Big East Tournament behind the stellar play of big man Yancy Gates, and his production has willed the Bearcats past dangerous opponents, Texas and Florida State, thus far in the tournament.
Don't underestimate 6'4" shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick, who had 18 points and six rebounds in their 62-56 win over the Seminoles.
The key for the Buckeyes is point guard, Aaron Craft. While everyone knows the scouting report on Jared Sullinger and William Buford, it was the scoring of Craft that pushed the Buckeyes past a very talented Gonzaga squad.
If the Cincinnati Bearcats take Craft out of the game, and Gates can put Sullinger in foul trouble like Gonzaga's Robert Sacre did, the Bearcats could take down Ohio State.
7 Florida vs. 3 Marquette, 10:17 p.m. ET (TBS)
The last game of the night will feature two of the most entertaining teams in college basketball. While there wont be much post-play throughout the game, you can't ask for a better collection of guard talent.
The Gators follow the lead of their quartet of guards in Erving Walker, Kenny Boynton, Brad Beal, and Mike Rosario. This team is extremely dangerous, beating their first two opponents in the tournament by at least 20 points each.
Marquette will counter with the 2012 Big East Player of the Year in Jae Crowder. The senior has dominated anyone and everyone in his way, and is focused on a championship.
Darius Johnson-Odom uses his powerful build and burst of speed to score in bunches, and Vander Blue and Todd Mayo can score against anyone.
This game will come down to which team's guards perform the best, and it should be a game that goes down to the wire.
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