NCAA Tournament 2012: Xavier Knocked Out By Baylor In Sweet 16

After falling behind 22-4 to start the game, the Xavier Musketeers stormed back in the second half but ran out of gas down the stretch to lose to Baylor, 75-70.

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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, Xavier Vs. Lehigh Final Score: Musketeers Eliminate Cinderella, Reach Sweet 16

The road was rockier than most anticipated back in the fall, but the Xavier Musketeers are officially headed to the Sweet 16 after edging Lehigh 70-58 in the third round of the South regional on Sunday.

Lehigh, fresh off a Cinderella-esque victory over No. 2 Duke, led by as many as 15 points in the first half but struggled to maintain its scoring pace as the game wore on. In the end, Xavier's inside-outside combination of Kenny Frease and Tu Holloway proved to be too much for the 15th-seeded Mountain Hawks to withstand.

Frease set a season-high with 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting along with 13 rebounds, and created issues for Lehigh's frontcourt all night.

Lehigh junior C.J. McCollum, who was a fan favorite after his performance against the Blue Devils, struggled to find his shot against Xavier's athletic guards, and finished the night 5-for-22 from the floor.

As the Mountain Hawks desperately tried to mount a comeback in the final minute, Xavier looked to the defensive end to get the job done. Here's Xavier forward Andre Walker with a game-sealing rejection to keep the Musketeers in the dance:

For more on the Xavier Musketeers, check out Banners On The Parkway. If you want more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stick with SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on every March Madness game.

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2012 NCAA Tournament Schedule: Xavier Vs. Notre Dame Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Xavier Musketeers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday evening in Greensboro North Carolina. The Musketeers enter the game as the 11th-seeded team in the South region, while Texas is the No. 7 seed.

Game date/time: Friday March 16th, approx 9:45 p.m. ET

Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro North Carolina

TV: CBS

Announcer Team: Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Tracy Wolfson

Xavier and Notre Dame will be the late game on Friday evening following a full day of games beginning at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Xavier is coming off of a Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship game loss to St. Bonaventure. The Musketeers finished the season with a 21-12 record which was enough to place fourth in the Atlantic 10. Xavier was the fourth and final Atlantic 10 team to make the field after receiving an at large bid from the committee.

Notre Dame is coming off of a semifinal loss in the Big East tournament after surging to a third place finish in one of the toughest conferences in the country.

Follow the Musketeers in the NCAA Tournament at Banners On The Parkway. For more coverage of Xavier 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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2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Xavier Musketeers

Xavier heads to the NCAA tournament as the No. 7 seed in the South Region. In their first game of the tournament the Musketeers will square off against Notre Dame, the 3rd place finisher in the always difficult Big East Conference.

The South region is full of strong teams that could make a run at the Final Four including potential third round opponent Duke who received the No. 2 seed in the region. Should the Musketeers advance to the second weekend of the tournament they could run into two surging teams in Baylor and Colorado or potentially face off against a fellow mid major in UNLV.

The South region also holds the top seed overall in Kentucky as well as last years National Champion Connecticut. Indiana, Iowa State and surprise Final Four participant in 2011 VCU also landed in the South.

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

No. 1 Kentucky
No. 16 Mississippi Valley State OR Western Kentucky

No. 8 Iowa State
No. 9 UConn

No. 5 Wichita State
No. 12 VCU

No. 4 Indiana
No. 13 New Mexico State

No. 6 UNLV
No. 11 Colorado

No. 3 Baylor
No. 14 South Dakota State

No. 7 Notre Dame
No. 10 Xavier

No. 2 Duke
No. 15 Lehigh

Follow the Musketeers in the NCAA Tournament at Banners On The Parkway. For more coverage of Xavier 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: Xavier To Play Notre Dame In First Round

After landing a No. 10 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Xavier Musketeers will be playing 10th-seeded Notre Dame to kick things off in their first game of the tournament. The Musketeers received an at-large bid from the tournament's selection committee after turning in a 21-12 record during the regular season.

Xavier finished fourth in what was considered one of the top mid major conferences in 2011-2012, the Atlantic 10. In the Atlantic 10 Tournament the Musketeers used a win over 2nd seeded St. Louis to reach the tournament final before losing to conference champion St. Bonaventure.

Xavier now prepares to face 7th seeded Notre Dame an at large selection from the Big East. The Irish struggled out of the gate after facing some fairly high expectations heading into the year. Several tough non conference losses and a slow start in the Big East had many wondering if they would make the tournament.

Then Mike Brey and Notre Dame turned a corner. The Irish used a strong Big East run to climb all the way up to 3rd in the standings. The Irish would then lose in the semifinal round of the Big East tournament to eventual champion Louisville.

Follow the Musketeers in the NCAA Tournament at Banners On The Parkway. For more coverage of Xavier 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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