NCAA Tournament 2012: Top seeds, Ohio teams big winners going into Sweet Sixteen

The Takeaway

The Cincinnati Bearcats bench watches the final seconds as they defeat the Florida State Seminoles during their men's NCAA basketball game on Sunday, March 18, 2012. (Photo by Harrison McClary/Reuters.)

With the first week of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in the books, the Midwest is the biggest winner.

Not a single team west of Kansas and Baylor (in Waco, Texas) had advanced to the Sweet 16. And in the northeast, only Syracuse is still alive, while North Carolina, North Carolina State and Florida represent the southeast. But in Ohio alone, Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio and Ohio State are all still playing. Other Midwest schools still playing include Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Wisconsin, Marquette and Michigan State.

Ohio, though, certainly stands out. It's the first state to send four teams to the Sweet Sixteen.

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