COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: C.J. Williams #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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NCAA 2012 Tournament Bracket: Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati heads into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seeded team in the East region. The Bearcats will face 11th seeded Texas in the first game of the tournament and if they win they'll take on the winner of Florida State and St. Bonaventure.

The East region is full of talented teams including the top seed Syracuse. Syracuse would be a familiar foe for the Bearcats as both teams are in the Big East and the Bearcats are coming off an upset win over the Orange in the Big East semifinals.

The Big 10 co-champion sits as the 2nd seeded team in the East region, while another fellow Big East representative, West Virginia, sits as the 10th seeded team. SEC Tournament champion Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and perennial mid major power Gonzaga are all also seeded in the East region.

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

No. 1 Syracuse
No. 16 UNC Asheville

No. 8 Kansas State
No. 9 Southern Miss

No. 5 Vanderbilt
No. 12 Harvard

No. 4 Wisconsin
No. 13 Montana

No. 2 Ohio State
No. 15 Loyola

No. 7 Gonzaga
No. 10 West Virginia

No. 3 Florida State
No. 14 St. Bonaventure

No. 6 Cincinnati
No. 11 Texas

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012: Cincinnati Bearcats Could Face Florida State, St. Bonaventure In Third Round

After a successful regular season, the Cincinnati Bearcats have landed the No. 6 seed in the East region for this year's NCAA Tournament, as the selection committee announced on Sunday. Cincinnati is one of eight teams from the Big East to get a bid, and the Bearcats were an at large selection coming off a run to the Big East tournament finals.

The East region should pose numerous challenges for a talented Cincinnati team. In the first game of the tournament, the Bearcats will be facing 11th-seeded Texas, with the winner moving on to face No. 3 seeded Florida State or No. 14 seeded St. Bonaventure in the next round.

If the Bearcats have some success early in the tournament, they could eventually face off against No. 2 Ohio State or Big East regular season champ Syracuse.

Cincinnati appeared in the tournament a year ago where they would fall in the 3rd round fellow Big East school and the ultimate National Champion, the Connecticut Huskies.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Cincinnati To Play Texas In First Round

After landing the No. 6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Cincinnati Bearcats will be playing 11th-seeded Texas to kick things off in the first round. The Bearcats received an at-large bid from the tournament's selection committee after a 24-10 record through the regular season and Big East tournament.

The Bearcats spent a good deal of time flirting with the bubble early on during Big East play. The Bearcats struggled at times out of the gate and lost three in a row in late January. Fortunately the Bearcats started to put together a convincing stretch run that ultimately ended with a loss in the Big East tournament. That run included a win over Syracuse in the semifinals and that was more than enough to push the Bearcats all the way up to a No. 6 seed.

Cincinnati now begins preparation for a game against the final team to get in from the Big 12 conference, Texas. Texas received an at large bid out of the Big 12 and was likely one of the final teams selected by the committee. While the Longhorns played in a tough conference and challenged some very strong opponents, they were never able to get over the hump and get a signature win against the likes of Kansas, Missouri or Baylor.

Texas is led by J'Covan Brown and they head into the tournament coming of their third loss of the season to the Missouri Tigers in the Big 12 tournament. A win over Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals likely clinched the spot for Rick Barnes and the Longhorns.

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