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Breaking down the selected teams, by conference

Mar 17, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

Luke Hancock AP

One of the most popular measurements of conference dominance by fans and pundits alike has always been the number of teams that a league gets into the NCAA Tournament.

Two years ago, the Big East Conference got a record 11 teams into the Big Dance. This season, the Big East led the tournament again with eight, followed by a number of other power conferences and a somewhat surprising conference getting in five.

Here’s how the conference’s stacked up this season (along with the seeds in parentheses).

Big East – 8 – Louisville (1), Georgetown (2), Marquette (3), Syracuse (4), Notre Dame(7), Pittsburgh (8), Villanova (9), Cincinnati (10).

Big Ten – 7 – Indiana (1), Ohio State (2), Michigan State (3), Michigan (4), Wisconsin (5), Illinois (7), Minnesota (11).

Atlantic 10 – 5 – St. Louis (4), VCU (5), Bulter (6), Temple (9), La Salle (13)

Big 12 – 5 – Kansas (1), Kansas State (4), Oklahoma (5), Iowa State (10), Oklahoma (10)

Mountain West – 5 – New Mexico (3), Colorado State (8), UNLV (5), San Diego State (13), Boise State (11)

Pac-12 – 5 – Arizona (6), UCLA (6), Colorado (10), California (12), Oregon (12).

ACC – 4 – Miami (2), Duke (2), North Carolina (8), North Carolina State (8)

SEC – 3 – Florida (3), Missouri (9), Ole Miss (12)

Missouri Valley – 2 – Creighton (7), Wichita State (9)

Sun Belt – 2 – Middle Tennessee State (11), Western Kentucky (16)

WCC – 2 – Gonzaga (1), St. Mary’s (11)

Single-bid conferences

WAC — 1 — New Mexico State (13); SWAC – 1 – Southern (16); MEAC — 1 – North Carolina A&T (16); SoCon – 1 – Davidson (14); Big South – 1 – Liberty (16); Big West – 1 – Pacific (15); Southland – 1 – Northwestern State (14); Conference USA – 1 – Memphis (6); Northeast – 1 – LIU-Brooklyn (16); CAA – 1 – James Madison (16); MAC – 1 – Akron (12); Ohio Valley — 1 — Belmont (11); Atlantic Sun – 1 — Florida Gulf Coast (15); Ivy League – 1 – Harvard (14); MAAC – 1 – Iona (15); Patriot – 1 – Bucknell (11); Summit – 1 – South Dakota State (13); Horizon – 1 – Valparaiso (14); America East – 1 Albany (15); Big Sky — 1 — Montana (13).

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