Mar 21, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Michigan State Spartans players huddle during practice the day before the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule: Elite 8 TV Times, Matchups And More

The 2012 NCAA Tournament has been great thus far and just eight teams remain in contention for a national championship. Saturday will feature two Elite 8 matchups, with the winners earning a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans. One of the games will be played in Phoenix, with the other about 3,000 miles east. Let's take a closer look at the games.


Matchup: Louisville Cardinals (4) vs. Florida Gators (7)

Road To The Elite 8: Louisville knocked off Davidson in the second round, New Mexico in the third and dismantled Michigan State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. Florida dominated Virginia and Norfolk State in their first two games, and led the entire way against Marquette earlier this week.

Tipoff Time: 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT

TV Coverage: CBS will broadcast the game live across the entire nation, with pre-game coverage starting 90 minutes before the game.


Matchup: Syracuse Orange (1) vs. Ohio St. Buckeyes (2)

Road To The Elite 8: Syracuse avoided the early upset against UNC-Ashville in the opening round before defeating Kansas State to advance to the Sweet 16. They knocked off Wisconsin at the buzzer on Thursday. Ohio State has defeated Loyola, Gonzaga and Cincinnati to get to this point.

Tipoff Time: 7:05 p.m. ET / 4:05 p.m. PT

TV Coverage: CBS will broadcast the action. Should the Louisville-Florida matchup run long or into overtime, they will likely delay the start until the conclusion of the earlier game.

For more on the West Region and the showdown between Florida and Louisville, check out SB Nation Arizona's StoryStream, complete with a game preview, breakdown of individual players and more.


NCAA Tournament Tickets: People Want To See Cinderella

Ticket prices in Phoenix, where there are no Cinderellas, are about half as much as they are in regions with lower seeds, according to TiqIQ's data.

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