March Madness Conference Representatives


March Madness is like the Olympics, but better. Like the Olympics, you might not be competing in the tournament directly yet you are represented by others you can cheer for. Although 64 teams seems like a lot, there are actually 347 Division 1 college basketball teams in total. So it’s fair to say a majority of college basketball fans don’t always have a team to pull for in the tournament. Thankfully, the SEC obnoxiously has pushed for more conference pride with their ever-so annoying commercials and “SEC, SEC” chant. So regardless of if your team actually made the tournament, the amount of teams your conference got in is what’s important. Since I’m such a helpful person, I have constructed a list of how many teams each conference has in the tournament as well as the seed for each team to make the March Madness Conference

It should come as no surprise that the ACC is once again over-whelmingly represented with 9 teams, including two 2 seeds and a 1 seed. The Big 12 made a surprisingly push this year with 8 teams (2 too many in my opinion) rather than just relying on Kansas, who is of course a 1 seed. If there was a “P5” for college basketball, the Big East would of course be included as they are once-again well represented with more than half of this basketball conference in the tournament. The AAC’s addition of Wichita State this year seemed to pay, although a few of their traditional power-house programs were a let down such as UCONN and SMU. The Atlantic 10 was the biggest winner this year with 3 teams for this mid-major conference in the tournament. The biggest losers were the PAC 12 with only one team representing as ASU lost to Syracuse in a play-in game and the West Coast after losing the Saint Mary’s spot in the bracket in a shocking turn of events.

I will continue to update the March Madness Conference Representatives as the tournament goes on to see which conference is over-rated, under-rated, top-heavy, or truly superior.

ACC: 9 Teams
1 Virginia, 2 UNC, 2 Duke, 5 Clemson, 6 Miami, 8 Virginia Tech, 9 Florida State, 9 NC State, 11 Syracuse

SEC: 8 Teams
4 Auburn, 5 Kentucky, 6 Florida, 7 Texas A&M, 7 Arkansas, 8 Missouri, 9 Alabama, 10 Tennessee

Big 12: 7 Teams
1 Kansas, 3 Texas Tech, 5 West Virginia, 6 TCU, 9 Kansas State, 10 Texas, 10 Oklahoma

Big East: 6 Teams
1 Villanova, 1 Xavier, 8 Creighton, 8 Seton Hall, 10 Providence, 10 Butler

Big Ten: 4 Teams
2 Purdue, 3 Michigan State, 3 Michigan, 5 Ohio State

AAC: 3 Teams
2 Cincinnati, 4 Wichita State, 6 Houston

Atlantic 10: 3 Teams
7 Rhode Island, 11 St. Bonaventure, 12 Davidson

MWC: 2 Teams
7 Nevada, 11 SDSU

1 Team Conferences
PAC 12: 4 Arizona
West Coast: 4 Gonzaga
Missouri Valley: 11 Loyola-Chicago
WAC: 12 New Mexico State
Summit League: 12 South Dakota State
Ohio Valley: 12 Murray State
Southern: 13 UNCG
Conference-USA: 13 Marshall
Colonial Atlantic: 13 College of Charleston
Mid-American: 13 Buffalo
Horizon League: 14 Wright State
Southland: 14 Stephen F. Austin
Patriot League: 14 Bucknell
Big Sky: 14 Montana
Sun Belt: 15 Georgia State
Big West: 15 Cal State Fullerton
Atlantic Sun: 15 Lipscomb
Metro Athletic Atlantic: 15 Iona
Ivy: 16 Penn
American East: 16 UMBC
Big South: 16 Radford
SWAC: 16 Texas Southern


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