NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Anthony Collins #11 of the South Florida Bulls reacts after a play in overtime against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the quarterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
South Florida ended up on the right side of the bubble, earning a 12 seed. The Bulls will play Cal in their first game in the First Four round in Dayton.
The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the South Florida Bulls will received a 12 seed in the Midwest region. The Bulls' first opponent will be the California in the First Four round, and they will play in Dayton on Wednesday. If the Bulls win their first matchup, they will face the No. 5 seed Temple.
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The Bulls earned the 12 seed after sweating it out on Selection Sunday. They were squarely on the bubble after falling just short against Notre Dame in the Big East quarterfinals. The Bulls' quality computer numbers ultimately were enough to overcome a poor record against top-50 opponents and several bad losses in non-conference season.
Here's a look at the Midwest of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:
No. 1 North Carolina vs. Lamar/Vermont, Friday 3/16/12
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama, Friday 3/16/12
No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 Cal/South Florida, Friday 3/16/12
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio, Friday 3/16/12
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 Purdue, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont, Friday 3/16/12
No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC State, Friday 3/16/12
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