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2012 NCAA Tournament Scheduled: Baylor Opens Play Thursday

Baylor (27-2) is set to make its ninth overall NCAA Tournament appearance and third of the Scott Drew era in Waco, when the Bears face off against South Dakota State on Thursday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Bears enter the 2012 dance with arguably their best shot in the modern era of returning the Final Four (Baylor has two appearances, the last coming in 1950). Baylor is 18-8 against the Summit League, home of South Dakota State.

Date / Time: Thursday, March 15, 6:27 p.m. CT

TV: truTV

Steaming: CBS Sports

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