NCAA Tournament 2013: Conference Power Rankings After Round of 32

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NCAA Tournament 2013: Conference Power Rankings After Round of 32
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Where does Florida Gulf Coast's run have the Atlantic Sun Conference ranked?

Conference pride is a very real thing. When small schools or mid-majors make it to the Big Dance, they do so knowing that they carry the weight of that conference’s perception. 

That’s why the Colonial League will forever be indebted to George Mason or the Atlantic Sun (Florida Gulf Coast) and the Missouri Valley (Wichita State) leagues can take immense pride in what their teams are doing.

While those are some of the best examples of mid-majors doing its best to shed that label, some of the more prominent conferences this season have absolutely flopped on a national stage.

When seeding teams, the selection committee takes into account the relative strengths of each conference, which is why power conferences earn the majority of the at-large bids. But if this tournament has taught us anything, it’s that the selection committee often has no idea about the relative strengths of each league.

The first slide ranks all 18 leagues whose teams failed to win a game in the round of 64. After that, we rank the leagues which have seen relative success in this year's tournament. 

Read on to see our ranking of each conference based on how each has fared in the Big Dance. 

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