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Marquette and VCU Dominate Second Round March Madness Buzz

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After a pair of thrilling second-round games, Marquette and Virginia Commonwealth University top Sunday's mRank, Mashable's social media buzz-tracker for March Madness.

Both teams played frenetic, up-and-down games Saturday - with Marquette moving on to the Sweet 16 and VCU getting knocked out of the tournament - and the excitement had the web atwitter through Sunday, according to our mRank tracking system. Conversations across Twitter, Facebook and blogs are aggregated to produce mRank scores between one and 100 for each March Madness team each day of the tournament. Sunday's rankings span late Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

Marquette shot to number 1 on the heels of its win over Murray State, while VCU - last year's tournament darling and Final Four Cinderella - ranked 2 as people followed its last-second loss to Indiana.

Sunday's top 10 was filled out by a mix of teams participating in second-round games that happened both Saturday and Sunday. Wisconsin and Florida State both came in behind VCU, while Florida finished fifth. Florida and Marquette face off Thursday in what promises to be a wild Sweet 16 match-up, so that game should generate loads of social buzz.

Indiana, the team that edged out VCU with a short jumper in the closing seconds, tied for tenth-place in our rankings.

Duke - a school much of the Internet loves to hate - finished just ahead of Indiana - notable because the Blue Devils actually bowed out on Friday with a huge first round upset loss to tiny Lehigh. Lehigh's star C.J. McCollum couldn't lift his squad past the second round, but did reap social media rewards of his own by gaining some 3,000 new Twitter followers since the tournament began.

Take a look at the Top 10 Below:

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What teams got the most buzz in your social networks? Let us know in the comments.

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