NCAA Tournament 2012 Schedule: South Region Begins With Kentucky Vs. Western Kentucky

Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats reaches for a rebound against Reggie Bullock #35 of the North Carolina Tar Heels at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 73-72. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The 2012 NCAA Tournament has its first major action on Thursday, and the South Region will highlight most of the night's schedule.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament's South Region begins Thursday night with the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats taking on the No. 16 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the only team with a losing record in this year's contest. Will this be the year that a No. 16 seed knocks of the No. 1 in region?

Six of the eight games in this region take place Thursday from locations in Louisville, Ky., Portland, Ore., and Albuquerque, N.M. The Friday games in Greensboro, N.C., will feature the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils and the No. 15 Lehigh Hawks as well as the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the No. 10 Xavier Musketeers.

Here is the schedule for Thursday's

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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