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2012 NCAA Tournament Schedule: Wichita State Opens Play Thursday

Despite losing out on an automatic bid by dropping out of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Wichita State (27-5) will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 against last year's Final Four upstart VCU (28-6), on Thursday evening in Portland, Oregon. WSU will make its ninth total NCAA Tournament appearance, their first since a Sweet 16 run in '06.

The Shockers played VCU in 2011, losing to the Rams 68-67 in Wichita. The Shockers were 2-2 against Top 25 teams this season, and are 8-9 overall in NCAA Tournament play.

Date / Time: Thursday, March 15, 6:15 p.m. CT

TV: CBS

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