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Jeff Goodman

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With the NCAA tournament field expanding from 65 to 68, here’s our breakdown by conference of which teams will go dancing come March, as well as my Final Four and national championship picks.

We’ve listed them in order of overall bids — and as you can see, it’ll be interesting to see which league establishes itself as elite this season. I think it could be any one of the Big East, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or even the SEC.

NCAA tournament bids: League breakdown

Big East (7): Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse, Georgetown, Marquette, West Virginia, UConn

ACC (6): Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Clemson

Big 12 (6): Kansas State, Missouri, Kansas, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M

Big Ten (6): Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin

SEC (6): Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Georgia

Atlantic 10 (4): Temple, Xavier, Richmond, Dayton

Mountain West (4): San Diego State, BYU, UNLV, New Mexico

Pac-10 (3): Washington, UCLA, Arizona

West Coast (3): Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary’s

Conference USA (2): Memphis, UTEP


One-bid conferences

America East: Boston University
Atlantic Sun: Lipscomb
Big Sky: Weber State
Big South: Winthrop
Big West: UC Santa Barbara
Colonial: Old Dominion
Horizon: Butler
Ivy: Harvard
MAC: Kent State
MAAC: Fairfield
MEAC: Morgan State
Missouri Valley: Wichita State
Northeast: Quinnipiac
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Patriot: American
SoCon: Wofford
Southland: Texas State
Summit: Oakland
Sun Belt: Western Kentucky
SWAC: Jackson State
WAC: Utah State

Final Four

Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Missouri

National championship: Duke vs. Ohio State
National champion: Ohio State

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