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NCAA Tournament Predictions 2012: Picking The Elite 8

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Only three rounds left! If your original bracket is now a tatter of strikethroughs, eraser smudges, torn paper and tear stains, congratulations: you're in the majority.

While the Elite Eight finally consists entirely of single-digit seeds, the spoilers in the brackets have wreaked immense havoc along the way. Ohio and N.C. State tried their best to be combo breakers, but weren't able to pull of the win and completely blew it, respectively.

The Sweet 16 is now in the books, which I still did not predict entirely correctly, but I'm getting better at it, right?

So let's all predict the Elite Eight! That'll be fun, right? Sweet 16 winners that I picked incorrectly will be identified by an asterisk.

No. 1 Syracuse Orange vs. No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes: This one is neck and neck and a tough call, but I'm going to just keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on picking against the 'Cuse. The Buckeyes absolutely have what it takes to advance. The only question is whether they'll show up on Saturday.

No. 4 Louisville Cardinals* vs. No. 7 Florida Gators: This is the toughest game by far to predict in the Elite Eight. I would really like the Cardinals to continue their feel-good story (far more of a feel-good story, in fact, than you would expect from a four-seed), but I don't think they can outplay the Gators. Going with Florida here.

No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 3 Baylor Bears: Kentucky is going to keep steamrolling all the way to the final. The Bears have surprised a lot of people, but their journey ends in the Elite Eight.

No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks: Full disclosure here: I picked a Kansas-Kentucky final, so that's kind of all I have left at this point. The Jayhawks need to advance here, for the good of my sanity. I felt a lot better about this pick before Kansas had a two-hour crud-off with the N.C. State Wolfpack on Friday night.

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