Tournament Conference Rankings

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Although the story lines from the first weekend of March Madness are dominated by the Cinderella stories of the Norfolk States and Lehighs, the Final Four is generally reserved for the big boys. The six power conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 & SEC) dominate the field of the Final Four every season. Since the last of the power conferences, the Big 12, came into existence in 1997, every National Champion has come from one of the six. Not only that, but an astounding 88 percent (42 out of 48 through 2008) of Final Four teams came from the power conferences.

From 2005 to 2012, the power conferences received 267 of the 520 bids to the tournament. The most bids have gone to the Big East who average eight bids per year. The Big 10, Big 12 and ACC average between five and six bids per year while the Pac-12 and SEC average between four and five bids...

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