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March Madness Schedule 2012: Saturday's Elite Eight Action

There are but eight teams left in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and Saturday play in the West and East regions will send the first two teams to the Final Four in New Orleans. The Midwest and South regional finals will be played on Sunday.

The early game on Saturday in the West region will see No. 4 seed Louisville, the Big East Tournament champ, take on Billy Donovan's No. 7 seed Florida Gators. Rick Pitino is 6-0 against his former assistant, and the Cardinals coach will be looking to make his sixth trip to the Final Four and second while at Louisville.

In the late game from the East region, No. 1 seed Syracuse will face No. 2 seed Ohio State. Playing without Fab Melo, many thought the Orange would have been bounced from the Dance by this point, but Jim Boeheim's team has survived a few scares and now stand just one victory from New Orleans. Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger will look to carry his team to the Final Four before likely bolting for the NBA.

Here is the full regional finals schedule:


West: No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. No. 7 Florida Gators, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
East: No. 1 Syracuse Orange vs. No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes, 7:05 p.m. ET, CBS


South: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS

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