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Cheerleaders for the Florida Gators perform against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

NCAA fans, mascots and cheerleaders

The NCAA isn't just about basketball. It's the atmosphere - the cheering fans, chanting cheerleaders and crazy mascots - that helps make the tournament what it is. Check out some of the best pictures from the 2012 tournament.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23: The Baylor Bears
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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23: The Baylor Bears band plays prior to the start of their game against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23: Mrs. Wuf,
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ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 23: Mrs. Wuf, mascot for the North Carolina State Wolfpack performs against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Semifinal at Edward Jones Dome on March 23, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fans of the Norfolk State Spartans support their
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Fans of the Norfolk State Spartans support their team against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

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Florida State fans cheer in the second half
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Florida State fans cheer in the second half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Cincinnati. (March 18, 2012)

Lehigh Mountain Hawks fans hold up signs as
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Lehigh Mountain Hawks fans hold up signs as the Mountain Hawks take on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

Cheerleaders for the Florida Gators perform in the
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Cheerleaders for the Florida Gators perform in the first half against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

Cheerleaders for the Florida Gators perform against the
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Cheerleaders for the Florida Gators perform against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The North Carolina State Wolfpack cheerleaders perform on
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack cheerleaders perform on the court against the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

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Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders perform during a break
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Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders perform during a break in play against the Cincinnati Bearcats the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The mascot and cheerleaders for the Norfolk State
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The mascot and cheerleaders for the Norfolk State Spartans look on late in the second half against the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The Michigan State Spartans mascot walks on the
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The Michigan State Spartans mascot walks on the court during the game against the St. Louis Billikens during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

A St. Louis Billikens fan holds up a
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A St. Louis Billikens fan holds up a sign during the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The Michigan State Spartans mascot walks on the
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The Michigan State Spartans mascot walks on the court during the game against the St. Louis Billikens during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

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A St. Louis Billikens fan holds up a
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A St. Louis Billikens fan holds up a sign that says "Billikens are still dancing" during the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The Georgetown Hoyas mascot walks on the court
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The Georgetown Hoyas mascot walks on the court against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

The North Carolina State Wolfpack mascot walks on
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack mascot walks on the court against the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament. (March 18, 2012)

Virginia Commonwealth Rams fans cheer as the Rams
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Virginia Commonwealth Rams fans cheer as the Rams take on the Indiana Hoosiers. (March 17, 2012)

Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers cheer in the
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Fans of the Wisconsin Badgers cheer in the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 17, 2012)

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Fans of the Syracuse Orange wear giant masks
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Fans of the Syracuse Orange wear giant masks with the likeness of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim against the Kansas State Wildcats. (March 17, 2012)

Fans of the Syracuse Orange support their team
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Fans of the Syracuse Orange support their team against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 17, 2012)

Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes support their
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Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes support their team against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. (March 17, 2012)

The Ohio State Buckeyes band performs against the
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The Ohio State Buckeyes band performs against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 17, 2012)

A cheerleader for the Syracuse Orange performs against
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A cheerleader for the Syracuse Orange performs against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 17, 2012)

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Fans of the Syracuse Orange support their team
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Fans of the Syracuse Orange support their team against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (March 17, 2012)

South Florida fans cheer in the first half
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South Florida fans cheer in the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Temple on Friday, March 16, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Temple fans cheer in the first half of
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Temple fans cheer in the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against South Florida on Friday, March 16, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 17, 2012,
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In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, Steven Mateen Izzo, left, son of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, looks around the arena as his father acknowledges someone in the crowd during a recruiting trip to Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Jenell Warren and her brother Eric Chastain, celebrate
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Jenell Warren and her brother Eric Chastain, celebrate Norfolk State's 86-84 upset victory over Missouri in a NCAA tournament college basketball game at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Jeff Beiermann) MAGS OUT; ALL NEBRASKA LOCAL BROADCAST TV OUT

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Florida State Seminoles
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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders perform against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Florida State Seminoles
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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders perform against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: St. Bonaventure Bonnies
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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: St. Bonaventure Bonnies mascot performs against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Albert the mascot for the Florida Gators performs
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Albert the mascot for the Florida Gators performs against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center. (March 16, 2012)

Alabama's pep band plays during the second half
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Alabama's pep band plays during the second half of a Midwest Regional NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game against Creighton in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: A Wichita State
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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: A Wichita State Shockers cheereleader performs during a break in the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: The Gonzaga Bulldogs
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: The Gonzaga Bulldogs mascot cheers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot for
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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot for the Iowa State Cyclones performs against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: The Virginia Commonwealth
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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: The Virginia Commonwealth Rams mascot performs on the court during a break in the game against the Wichita State Shockers in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Gonzaga Bulldogs cheerleaders
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Gonzaga Bulldogs cheerleaders perform during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot for
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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot for the Iowa State Cyclones performs against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: Quincy Miller #30
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: Quincy Miller #30 of the Baylor Bears takes the court prior to the game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot of
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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: The mascot of the Kentucky Wildcats performs against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota State Jackrabbits mascot walks on the court against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota State Jackrabbits mascot walks on the court against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The South Dakota State Jackrabbits cheerleaders perform during a stoppage in play against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Gonzaga Bulldogs
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Gonzaga Bulldogs cheerleader performs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Gonzaga Bulldogs
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Gonzaga Bulldogs cheerleader performs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: The Wichita State
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PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15: The Wichita State Shockers mascot and cheerleaders perform as the Shockers take on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Syracuse Orange
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A Syracuse Orange cheerleaders holds up a sign that reads, "LET'S GO ORANGE" during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The Vanderbilt Commodores
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15: The Vanderbilt Commodores mascot 'Mr. C' performs as they take on the Harvard Crimson in the first half of the game during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Josh Seligson #11
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Josh Seligson #11 of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs reacts after a play against the Syracuse Orange during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 15, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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