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Ohio is March hoops hotbed: 4 teams in final 16

Monday - 3/19/2012, 2:18pm  ET

By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) - The darlings of the NCAA tournament celebrated their trip to the round of 16 by chanting: "We are Ohio!" Those Ohio Bobcats are only one-fourth of the state's amazing March.

Beware the Buckeyes _ all of them.

Ohio is the first state to send four teams to the NCAA's round of 16 _ the Bobcats, Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and Xavier. Ohio teams are 8-0 in the tournament.

The NCAA tournament opened in the Buckeye State with President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron watching an historic comeback at the University of Dayton Arena.

Although the movie "Hoosiers" made Indiana synonymous with college hoops, its neighboring state is taking over this tournament.


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