2012 NCAA Tournament: The 3 Best Performances from Saturday's Elite 8 Action

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2012 NCAA Tournament: The 3 Best Performances from Saturday's Elite 8 Action
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Lenzelle Smith Jr and other Buckeyes celebrate Ohio State's 77-70 win over Syracuse.

Whenever the NCAA tournament comes around, you know heroes and goats are going to emerge.

During Saturday's Elite Eight action, Louisville and Ohio State emerged victorious, while Florida and Syracuse fell short of a Final Four trip. Both games were close, with Louisville beating Florida by four and Ohio State prevailing over Syracuse by seven.

While both teams won because of a team effort, individual performances stood out. Louisville's star fouled out with four minutes left (when the Cardinals trailed), but two players picked up the slack.

The Buckeyes had their star out for 13:42 in the first half, but even with him back, they needed someone to make clutch shots.

And someone responded.

Here are the three best performances from Saturday's action.

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