NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Update: VCU Is No. 12 Seed, Will Face No. 5 Seed Wichita State On Thursday

March 4, 2012; Richmond, VA USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Rob Brandenberg (11) dribbles the ball past George Mason Patriots guard Andre Cornelius (45) in the second half of their semifinal game of the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at the Richmond Coliseum. The Rams won 74-64. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

The VCU Rams earned a No. 12 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament after defeating the Drexel Dragons in the CAA Tournament. They will tip off against Wichita State in the first round.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the VCU Rams will receive a No. 12 seed in the South Region. The Rams' first opponent will be the Wichita State Shockers, and they will play on Thursday. If VCU wins their first matchup, they will face the winner of No. 4 seed Indiana and No. 13 seed New Mexico State.

The Rams took out the Drexel Dragons in the 2012 CAA Championship game to earn an automatic berth into the tourney. They struggled somewhat in the non-conference portion of their schedule, losing to Seton Hall, Georgia Tech and Alabama on their way to a 3-3 start. Despite closing the season 17-1, they may have ended up in the NIT if not for an impressive conference tournament run.

Here's a look at the South Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 Kentucky vs. Miss. Valley St./Western Kentucky , Thursday 3/15/12
No. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 UConn, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 VCU, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh, Friday 3/16/12
No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Xavier, Friday 3/16/12
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State, Thursday 3/15/12
No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 Colorado, Thursday 3/15/12

For more on the Rams, visit our team page. For more coverage of VCU in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation DC's NCAA Tournament Stream. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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