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March Madness 2012 TV Schedule, South Region Day 1

The South region of the NCAA Tournament bracket is easily the most compelling one, with the nation's No. 1 team, the Kentucky Wildcats headlining the show, so here is a look at Thursday's tournament schedule. (Click here for the complete Thursday March Madness TV schedule.)

The premiere matchup, though, is battle between the Cinderella teams - the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and Wichita State Shockers. VCU is the Cinderella story from last season after making it to the Final Four when there was question as to whether or not they even belonged in the tournament to begin with.

Those questions don't surround Wichita State, but it would still be somewhat of a "shocker" if they pull off the improbable this season by first going through the squad that did it last season.

Here is a look at today's schedule in the South region:

No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky (TBS) - Thursday, March 15, 6:50 p.m.

No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU (CBS) - Thursday, March 15, 7:15 p.m.

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State (truTV) - Thursday, March 15, 7:27 p.m.

No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 UConn (TBS) - Thursday, March 15, after conclusion of Kentucky vs. WKU

No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State (CBS) - Thursday, March 15, after conclusion of Wichita State vs. VCU

No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado (truTV) - Thursday, March 15, after Baylor vs. SDSU

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