03/23/2012 04:47 pm ET

NCAA Tournament: Baylor, Xavier Set To Battle In Sweet 16

With the first No. 1 seed having been sent home from the 2012 NCAA Tournament and spots in the Elite Eight on the line, the stakes are high and the spotlight is bright.

The Big Easy beckons for the teams that can survive the weekend. Four teams clinched births in the Elite Eight on Thursday night while four more will ensure they stick around, at least for a while longer, on Friday night. Getting the night started will be No. 3 Baylor and No. 10 Xavier.

Speaking on behalf of theirs schools, we've got a pair of student sportswriters. Who makes the more persuasive case on behalf of there squad?