NCAA Tournament 2012: Louisville and Most Dangerous Elite Eight Teams

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22:  Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals moves the ball while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the Elite Eight set to begin on Saturday, there is only one more challenge to overcome before teams' celebrate a regional title and march to New Orleans for the Final Four.

With some talented, lower-seeded making unexpected runs to the Elite Eight, the top seeds cannot take anything for granted over the weekend.

Let's look at the three most dangerous teams in the Elite Eight.

No. 4 Louisville

The Cardinals will play Florida in the South region's Elite Eight matchup, and will be a very difficult opponent for the Gators.

Louisville center Gorqui Dieng has seven blocks in the team's Sweet 16 win over No. 1 seed Michigan State, and is a defensive force in the paint.

Rick Pitino's team also has several quality shooters and a bench that can score. If the Gators don't execute offensively, the swarming Louisville press will force turnovers and create scoring chances on the fast break.

No. 2 Ohio State

The Buckeyes are a deep team that can excel in any style of play. Star forward Jared Sullinger is one of the premier big men in college basketball and a difficult player to defend in the low-post.

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a basket against Cincinnati Bearcats during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo b
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Aaron Craft and William Buford are two talented guards who play excellent defense for Ohio State and are good outside shooters.

If the Buckeyes are hitting their three-point shots, they are very tough to beat. Even if they are struggling from beyond the arc, Sullinger is capable of carrying the team's scoring load.

Ohio State is one of the best teams left in the tournament because of their strong defense and frontcourt depth.

No. 3 Baylor

Baylor has so much talent and depth in the frontcourt, making them tough to out rebound at both ends of the floor.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Perry Jones III #1 of the Baylor Bears celebrates in the first half against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Pho
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Perry Jones III and Quincy Acy are tremendous offensive players in the paint and move very well without the ball. Jones has a ton of athleticism and is one of the best low-post scorers in the country.

The Bears also have a several quality outside shooters, including guard Brady Heslip who shot 14-22 through the first three rounds from behind the arc.

With a high-scoring offense that is effective in the paint and from the outside, Baylor will be a tough out for Kentucky in the Elite Eight.