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March Madness Schedule 2012: Pair Of "First Four" Games On Tap For Wednesday

The second day of opening round action in the NCAA tournament starts off with a pair of 16 seeds squaring off, as Lamar and Vermont will tussle for the right to take on North Carolina in second round Midwest Regional play.

Vermont, the America East tournament champs, is a familiar face in the Big Dance, having made four previous trips, including a memorable 2005 run in which they defeated Syracuse in the first round. Lamar, meanwhile, ripped off six straight wins in the wake of a post-game rant from head coach Pat Knight that went viral and spread all over the world of sports media. Tip time for the contest is 6:40 p.m. EST.

The evening will be capped by Cal and South Florida, who each earned an at large invitation after 20+ win seasons. South Florida surprised and hung tough in a competitive Big East, while Cal earned one of just two bids from the watered-down Pac 12. The winner of this matchup - scheduled to begin at 9:10 p.m. EST - will take on Temple, the fifth seed in the Midwest regional.

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