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Picks for the 22 conferences that matter

Updated: January 6, 2006, 9:20 AM ET
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

For the 200-plus college basketball teams that play in the nation's one-bid leagues, November and December are little more than an extended preseason. Nonconference wins and losses don't matter much; it's the ones to the right of the comma (or listed in parentheses) that mean everything when it comes to earning a shot at that single Dance ticket.

For most of Hoops Nation, the season starts right now.

But those six weeks of early results are good for providing 20-15 hindsight, and with ...

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