NCAA Bracket 2012: Round of 32 Matchups We Can't Wait to See

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15:  Zay Jackson #10 and Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers reacts towards teh end of the game against the Colorado State Rams during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It's almost impossible to top the first round of the NCAA Tournament in terms of drama and excitement. Still, though, there are plenty of second-round match-ups and story lines to watch.

Here are three you should be paying special attention to.


VCU vs. Indiana

There were probably few shocked to see VCU knock off Wichita State in the first round. The Rams are just one year removed from making the Final Four.

For Indiana, it was business as usual as they beat New Mexico State by 13.

This match-up presents an interesting game between the established, historical elite in Indiana, and a team that is fighting for sustained legitimacy in VCU.

Barring a miracle, it's also interesting to see who will face Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

The Hoosiers knocked off the Wildcats in Assembly Hall earlier in the season so that would be a fun rematch to watch. Also, for VCU, beating Kentucky would show fans that the school isn't just a one-year wonder.


UNC vs. Creighton

Although the Tar Heels made pretty quick work of Vermont in the first round, they are vulnerable.

Without John Henson, they are clearly a worse team. Should he return, who knows how effective he will be?

Creighton is hot right now, having won their last eight games.

They're also a very good offensive team. Although they only managed 58 points against Alabama, the Jays have the seventh-ranked scoring offense in the nation and lead the country in field-goal percentage.

With any luck, this will be an open game with both teams running up and down the floor.


Murray State vs. Marquette

Fans might have felt that Murray State was disrespected by earning only a No. 6 seed in the tournament despite finishing the season with only one loss.

The beautiful thing about the tournament is that they can rise above this perceived slight. If the Racers don't think they got enough respect, beating Marquette would go a long way to earning that respect both for now and the future.

Plus a win against the Golden Eagles would pit the Racers against the winner of the Florida/Norfolk State game. So either Marquette or Murray State have a much easier road to the Elite Eight than expected.

Marquette had one of their better regular seasons in history. They were dominant in their win over BYU. Although they had to play in the Big East all season, the Golden Eagles don't look too worn out or anything, unlike Syracuse.

Plus, most neutral fans should be rooting for Marquette to win the title just to see how head coach Buzz Williams celebrates.