NCAA Bracket 2011: Top 10 First Round Matchups To Watch

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Top 10 First Round Matchups To Watch
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The most exciting part of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is the first round—that is, if you watch the right games. The NCAA Tournament kicks off today with the play-in games. The real must-see TV begins on Thursday as the 64-team field is decided and action is abundant.

Sixteen games are played on both Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18. College basketball leaks into offices and schools worldwide. People can spend hours watching as teams they may have never seen play risk everything to get one step closer to an NCAA Championship.

Scores are checked every minute and brackets are either circled or crossed out—with some even thrown out. The first round of the Big Dance provides the most excitement due to pure quantity, and sometimes quality. With 32 games to be played, there are bound to be exciting endings.

Unfortunately, there are only so many networks that carry the tournament and unless someone shells out money, not all games are available. For the average basketball fan, they are in the dark about the closely contested games in favor of watching Duke trounce someone by 50 points.

Here are 10 games one shouldn't miss in the first round if given the chance to watch them.

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