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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.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub. For more coverage of Cincinnati during the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Cleveland's StoryStream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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