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NCAA Basketball Betting: There isn't anything quite like college basketball season. It's more or less a forgotten sport in November and December while college football is still going on, but when things switch to conference play, the action on the hardwood couldn't get any hotter. All of it culminates with the three-week long NCAA Tournament, arguably the biggest and best tournament in all of sports.
There are a total of a total of 348 teams which fight for the right to get into the 68-team NCAA Tournament in March, and the fight just to get into the field is often just as, if not more intriguing than the actual games themselves.
Of the 68 bids into the dance, 32 are handed out to teams which win their conference tournaments. It's almost an unfair structure when you think about it, as teams which have the best regular season record often don't end up going to the dance because of one bad game in conference tournament play. The other 36 slots are given to the best at-large teams in America, and many of those bids are handed out to teams from the seven or eight best conferences in the land.
Even though we've seen some teams come out of mid-major conferences to reach the Final Four in recent years, the teams which have actually won the National Championship have virtually all come from major conferences. The last time a team won the title from outside of a major conference (ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big East, Big Ten, American) was UNLV in 1990, and it's not like the Mountain West hasn't had No. 1 seeds in past NCAA Tournaments several times.
The team with the most NCAA Tournament titles is UCLA with 11, though it hasn't won a championship since 1995. Kentucky has eight titles, while Duke, Indiana and North Carolina each have five. Villanova is the defending champion after winning the title for head coach Jay Wright last season.
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