NCAA Tournament

NCAA Scores 2012: Marquette and Biggest Winners from Saturday's Action

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles celebrates the 62-53 victory against the Murray State Racers during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 25, 2014

Eight teams have punched their tickets to the Sweet 16, using strong performances on Saturday to catapult themselves into the heart of the tournament.

Some won in dramatic nail-biters, others in lopsided blowouts. And while every team should obviously be excited about their victories, there's no denying that some teams grew more than others in the Round of 32.

Here are the biggest winners from Saturday's action.

 

Marquette Golden Eagles

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Darius Johnson-Odom #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles goes up for a shot against Latreze Mushatt #4 of the Murray State Racers in the first half during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Ce
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Marquette has been the most impressive team in the tournament thus far.

After blowing out a quality BYU team in the Round of 64, they survived a slugfest with the 30-win Murray State Racers on Saturday.

The Racers were one of the best teams in college basketball this season, and many thought they were a Final Four-caliber team. However, the Golden Eagles proved their supremacy on Saturday, riding Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom to the close victory.

Through two games, Crowder is averaging 21 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. If he maintains his strong play, he'll lead Marquette all the way to the Final Four.

 

Syracuse Orange

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17:  A detail of the back of the jersey worn by Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 i
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Another representative from the Big East, Syracuse has proven that they can take down the best teams in the country without Fab Melo.

The Orange wore down Kansas State on Saturday, turning a one-point halftime lead into a 16-point blowout. Dion Waiters and Scoop Jardine led a balanced scoring effort for the Orange, combining to shoot 10-of-18 on field-goal attempts.

Syracuse has a tough matchup with Wisconsin in the Sweet 16, but if they survive, they'll be primed for another Final Four run.

 

Indiana Hoosiers

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Will Sheehey #10 and Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrate along with their teammates after the Hoosiers as Bradford Burgess #20 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams is dejected after the Hoosiers 63-61 during the t
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The Hoosiers struggled against VCU's pressure defense, committing 22 turnovers. However, they had just enough firepower to outlast the scrappy Rams.

Cody Zeller put up 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Christian Watford chipped in 16 points of his own.

It was a great victory for the relatively inexperienced Hoosiers, who will look to ride the momentum into their showdown with Kentucky. While most teams are intimidated by Kentucky, the Hoosiers have already proved they can beat the mighty Wildcats, downing them 73-72 back in December.

With a heavy dose of Zeller and some strong play from the supporting cast, the Hoosiers could pull off another magical upset.

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