ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23: D.J. Cooper #5 of the Ohio Bobcats drives for a shot attempt in the second half against John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Semifinal at Edward Jones Dome on March 23, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament 2012: Ohio Bobcats Come Up Just Short In Overtime Loss To North Carolina

The Ohio Bobcats went toe-to-toe with the North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday, but they simply ran out of gas in overtime, bowing out of the Sweet 16 with a 73-65 loss.

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Printable NCAA Bracket 2012: Buckeyes Look For A Spot In The Final Four

The NCAA Tournament field of 68 has been trimmed all the way down to eight, and the first steps to finalizing the members of the 2012 Final Four will be decided on Saturday. Both the East and West Region finals will be played, while the South and Midwest Regional finales will be held on Sunday.

Currently, the Ohio St. Buckeyes are looking to earn their first trip to the Final Four since 2007, when they lost to the Florida Gators in the National Championship game. Also still alive is the Buckeyes opponent, the No. 1-seeded Syracuse Orange, who are looking for their first Final Four appearance since '03.

Everything on this contest can be found at this StoryStream. Meanwhile, if you need a new and updated printable 2012 NCAA bracket, there it is.

Saturday, March 24

Florida vs. Louisville, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Ohio St. vs. Syracuse, 7:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Sunday, March 25

Baylor vs. Kentucky, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Kansas vs. North Carolina, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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2012 NCAA Tournament: Ohio Sends Four to Sweet Sixteen

The state of Ohio is the basketball epicenter of the United States.

Okay, maybe that’s going too far, but Ohio is not only weathering the March Madness storm, the state is represented by four teams who are excelling and peaking on the game’s biggest stage.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (2), Cincinnati Bearcats (6), Xavier Musketeers (10), and Ohio Bobcats (13) have all advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and are merely two victories away from reaching the Final Four.

The Bobcats have a really tough draw in the Sweet Sixteen with the North Carolina Tar Heels, but the Heels just lost arguably their most valuable player—point guard Kendall Marshall—to a broken wrist on his strong hand. If Marshall is unable to play, it could present a big advantage for Ohio, though Carolina’s length and athleticism will still be tough to handle.

Xavier also has a tough matchup, taking on the athletic Baylor Bears. That being said, Baylor was nearly upset in the first round by South Dakota State before taking over late in the game, and Baylor is a really tough out because they can shoot threes as well as run the floor as well as almost any team in the tournament. There is a reason they were undefeated at one point in the regular season.

Ohio State is going to take on one of their in-state foes in the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati is a very talented team, especially defensively and they really came on late in the season, especially in the Big East tournament.

The Buckeyes don’t strike me as a true elite team, but they keep on winning and keep on impressing. Whether or not Cincinnati can handle Jared Sullinger inside remains to be seen, but it will certainly be an interesting matchup to watch.

Keep checking back to SB Nation Cleveland for more updates on all of the Ohio teams as they vie for position in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, South Florida Vs. Ohio Final Score: Bobcats Prevail 62-56, Head To Sweet 16

The Ohio Bobcats are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1964 after dispensing No. 12 South Florida Bulls 62-56 on Sunday night. The 13-seeded Bobcats opened the game slowly and took a six-point deficit into the half, but stormed back with a barrage from the perimeter and disruptive defense to grab the momentum.

One of the best teams at creating turnovers in all of college basketball, Ohio finished the game with nine steals, and continuously caused problems for USF ballhandlers. Leading scorer D.J. Cooper chipped in 19 points with seven assists, and drained a clutch floater in traffic (clip below) to give the Bobcats a seven-point lead down the stretch.

Without a doubt, the difference in the game came down to the three-point line. South Florida couldn't hit a three to save its life, finishing just 2-for-13 (15.3%) from the arc. The Bobcats, however, were in top form, connecting on 9-of-18 for the game and 5-of-8 in the second half.

The Bobcats will now advance to face the winner of tonight's No. 10 Purdue vs. No. 2 Kansas game in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis, Missouri.

For more coverage of Ohio basketball, head to SB Nation's MAC blog Hustle Belt. For more on South Florida, be sure to visit Voodoo Five. And for more coverage of the 2012 NCAA tournament, check out SB Nation's 2012 March Madness hub.

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2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Ohio Bobcats

The Ohio Bobcats head to the NCAA tournament on the heels of an exciting Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship. Despite a 3rd place regular season finish in the MAC, Ohio would need to win the league tournament as the MAC was expected to be a one bid league for the NCAA tournament.

Having accomplished that, the Bobcats earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament where they will face 4th seeded Michigan. A third round matchup with either Temple, California or South Florida would await should the Bobcats pull off an upset win.

North Carolina, Kansas and Georgetown are the top three seeds in the Ohio bracket. Other Midwest regional teams include San Diego State, Crieghton and St. Mary's.

Here's the full Midwest Region bracket for the 2012 NCAA Tournament:

No. 1 North Carolina
No. 16 Lamar / Vermont (First Four)

No. 8 Creighton
No. 9 Alabama

No. 5 Temple
No. 12 California / South Florida (First Four)

No. 4 Michigan
No. 13 Ohio

No. 6 San Diego State
No. 11 North Carolina State

No. 2 Kansas
No. 15 Detroit

No. 7 St. Mary's
No. 10 Purdue

No. 3 Georgetown
No. 14 Belmont

For more coverage of Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Cleveland's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012: Ohio Bobcats Could Face Temple, California Or South Florida In Third Round

After a solid regular season, the Ohio Bobcats still needed a title run in the MAC Conference Tournament to land a bid to the NCAA tournament. Having done that, Ohio landed the No. 13 seed in the Midwest region for this year's NCAA Tournament. Ohio is the lone representative for the Mid-American Conference.

Besides the uphill battle of being a No. 13 seed, the Midwest region has more than its share of talented teams that could pose problems for this Ohio team. In their first game of the tournament, the Bobcats will need to get past 4th-seeded Michigan, a team that finished tied for 1st in the Big 10 during the regular season.

In the third round the Bobcats are looking at a potential matchup with a pair of bubble teams or one solid Atlantic 10 opponent. Temple is the No. 5 seed after winning the Atlantic 10 which has been one of the strongest mid major conferences this season. Temple will face the winner of South Florida and California, two at large bubble teams that squeaked into the tournament.

If the Bobcats have some success early in the tournament, they could eventually face the likes of North Carolina, Kansas or Georgetown, the region's top-three seeds, in later rounds.

For more coverage of Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Cleveland's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Ohio To Play Michigan In Second Round

After landing a No. 13 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Ohio Bobcats will be playing 4th-seeded Michigan to kick things off in their first game of the tournament. The Bobcats received an automatic invitation to this years NCAA tournament after winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship.

During the regular season the Ohio Bobcats finished 3rd in the Eastern division of the MAC which earned the Bobcats the No. 3 seed in the MAC tournament. In the championship game the Bobcats knocked off top seeded Akron. Without that win Ohio is not in the tournament, but with a great run the Bobcats cap off a solid regular season and now have an opportunity to make a memory in NCAA tournament.

Ohio now prepares to face 4th-seeded Michigan, an at large selection from the Big 10. Michigan is a program that has been building in recent years and made it over the hump finishing tied for 1st in the Big 10 conference during the regular season.

The Wolverines have wins over No. 1 seeded Michigan State and No 2 seeded Ohio State during the regular season and fell to Ohio State in the Big 10 semifinals.

For more coverage of Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Cleveland's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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