How do they get there?
1. 31 – schools automatically get a tournament berth by winning their conference tournaments. Take a look at the 33 items (including “Independent”) in the list below. These are the current NCAA basketball “conferences,” along with the school that has won the most conference tournaments for each.
2. 1 – The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament. The winner of the regular season goes to the tourney.
3. 36 – That leaves 36 teams that are known as “at-large bids.” These are the additional schools, based on regular season performance, that are invited to the dance floor on Selection Sunday.
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|Atlantic Coast Conference||Duke||19|
|America East Conference||Northeastern||7|
|Atlantic 10 Conference||Temple||9|
|Atlantic Sun Conference||Belmont||5|
|Big 12 Conference||Kansas||8|
|Big East Conference||Georgetown, Connecticut||7|
|Big Sky Conference||Montana, Weber State||8|
|Big South Conference||Winthrop||10|
|Big Ten Conference||Ohio State||4|
|Big West Conference||UNLV||7|
|Colonial Athletic Association||Old Dominion||6|
|Great West Conference||North Dakota, South Dakota||1|
|Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Iona||6|
|Mid-American Conference||Ball State||7|
|Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||North Carolina A&T||15|
|Missouri Valley Conference||Creighton||11|
|Mountain West Conference||San Diego State||4|
|Northeast Conference||Robert Morris||7|
|Ohio Valley Conference||Murray State||15|
|Patriot League||Holy Cross||5|
|Sun Belt Conference||Western Kentucky||8|
|Southwest Athletic Conference||Southern||7|
|Western Athletic Conference||Texas-El Paso||5|
|West Coast Conference||Gonzaga||11|