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Big 12, Big East each eyeing nine bids for NCAA Tournament

Updated: January 14, 2008, 6:55 PM ET
By Charlie Creme | Special to ESPN.com

If Three Dog Night were correct and one is the loneliest number, then nine must be a party. And college basketball's biggest shindig could be set to invite a pair of nines.

The Big 12 and Big East have been so deep this season that it's now becoming hard to ignore that each could have nine teams worthy of inclusion in the NCAA Tournament. The spots appear to be there for the taking, and these megaleagues are setting the stage to pluck as many invitations as they can.

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