Baylor, Xavier seek spot in South Regional final

By Charles Odum

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

Baylor's Pierre Jackson tries to drive past Cory Jefferson (34) as Quincy Miller looks for a pass during basketball practice Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Atlanta. Baylor plays Xavier in an NCAA tournament South Regional semifinal college basketball game on Friday, March 23.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Baylor vs. Xavier is more than an undercard to the highly anticipated Kentucky-Indiana rematch.

The Bears and Musketeers are building their own impressive resumes heading into their round of 16 matchup Friday night for a spot in Sunday's South Regional final.

Baylor, the No. 3 seed, is one win away from its second regional final in three years.

Xavier, the No. 10 seed, is playing in the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years. Only Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina can share that claim.

So excuse Xavier's players for rolling their eyes Thursday when asked about being a mid-major school. And pardon Perry Jones III for pointing out that Baylor, like top-seeded Kentucky, is aiming for the national championship.

Kentucky meets Indiana in Friday's second game.

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