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NCAA Tournament 2012 Results: Updated Scores and Predictions for Day 4

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 08:  J'Covan Brown #14 of the Texas Longhorns shoots against the Iowa State Cyclones during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament March 8, 2012 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Wes ODonnellFeatured Columnist IVMarch 19, 2015

Things are underway on Day 4 of the NCAA Tournament 2012, and a pair of fan-favorite upset picks have quickly gone in the opposite direction.

There will be 16 games today, three of which are currently underway at the writing of this, and the matchups promise to be better than yesterday's chalky performances.

Only two lower-seeded teams found a way to get it done yesterday, and hopefully today brings more excitement.

 

 

Current Scores

 

(11) Texas 54 vs. (6) Cincinnati 58—East Region

The Longhorns were a popular pick in this one, but came out of the gate completely flat and scored only 17 in the first half.

The Bearcats have no problem grinding out games, but they didn't truly take advantage of the Longhorn's inept offense enough to say they have this game in the bag.

Texas is starting to heat up from outside and Cincinnati needs to keep working for better shots.

J'Covan Brown has taken over and the Longhorns are back in it with less than six minutes to play.

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16:  Head coach Mark Gottfried of the North Carolina State Wolfpack talks with the team during the first half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Natio
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(11) N.C. State 57 vs. (6) San Diego State 52—MidWest Region

This game will be close throughout. The Wolfpack were playing great basketball coming into this tournament and San Diego State's best player Jamaal Franklin is a bit hobbled.

N.C. State has the potential to pull away if they can lockdown the perimeter, because the Aztecs are struggling to score elsewhere.

(9) Alabama vs. (8) Creighton—MidWest Region

This game just tipped off a few minutes ago. Alabama has to hope they're smothering defense will turn into easy points, or Creighton will shoot them out of the job sooner or later.

 

Predictions

(10) Purdue vs. (7) St. Mary's—MidWest Region (7:27 p.m. EST)

This will be a battle and come down to which group of shooters rise up in crunch time. Don't sleep on the Boilermakers.

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 17:  Will Barton #5 of the Memphis Tigers shoots the ball during the game against the  Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on December 17, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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(9) St. Louis vs. (8) Memphis—West Region (6:50 p.m. EST)

The Tigers have some great athleticism, but St. Louis can flat out play basketball. This will be one of the best games of the day. Memphis will ultimately be too much.

(12) USF vs. (5) Temple—MidWest Region (9:50 p.m. EST)

We've already seen one 12 seed take down a five seed, and this is one of the more heavily-anticipated games of the night.

USF fought their way into the tourney and it wouldn't be surprising if they keep fighting on.

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