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Posted: Updated: March 20, 2012 04:05 PM

We didn't see this coming.

Not Lehigh over Duke.  Not Norfolk State beating Missouri.

We never see anything coming in the NCAA Tournament, which is why most of us watch.  But four teams from the Buckeye State in the Sweet 16?

Nobody saw that coming.

And why would they?  It had never happened until this year.  No state had EVER qualified four teams in the final 16.  Not the huge state of California.  Not the basketball-rich state of North Carolina.  No one.

And yet, the N-C-A-A has been taken over by O-H-I-O.

Yes, we expected the Buckeyes to be here.  But Xavier?  Cincinnati?  Ohio University?

For true Ohio fans, there was something especially sweet about the Bobcats beating Michigan in the second round.  Many Ohio Staters were quite annoyed with the way the Wolverines, led by Brady Hoke, referred to Ohio State as merely "Ohio" during football season.

And ironically, the real "Ohio" knocked the Maize and Blue out of the tournament.

We know this much . . . all four teams will not make it into the final eight.  It's impossible with the Bearcats and Buckeyes meeting in the next round.

So for now, let's just enjoy the sweet smell of success in the Sweet 16.  It's never happened before, and might never happen again.