March 14, 2011

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Some facts and figures related to football when it comes to the NCAA tourney:

Twenty-six schools that appeared in a bowl game in the 2010 football season are in the 2011 NCAA tournament: Arizona, BYU, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The conferences with the most football/basketball "doubles" are the Big East and Big Ten, with six schools each in bowls and in the NCAA tourney. (We're counting Notre Dame with the Big East; the Irish are part of the Big East's bowl tie-ins). Third is the SEC with four, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with three each and the Mountain West and Pac-10 with two each.

BYU, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, San Diego State, Syracuse and Wisconsin are the schools that went to bowls and received top-four seeds in the NCAA tourney. The only four top-four seeds that did not go bowling are Duke, Kansas, Purdue and Texas. Duke and Kansas are No. 1 seeds.

Three of the 10 teams that were in BCS bowls also are in the NCAA tourney: Connecticut, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

There are 12 schools that could win a bowl game and an NCAA tourney game this academic year: BYU, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, San Diego State, Syracuse and Washington. Ohio State is the only team that could win a BCS game and an NCAA tourney game.

Two teams that made the FCS playoffs also are in the NCAA tourney, Villanova and Wofford. Villanova won twice in the playoffs, Wofford once.

This is the seventh time since the turn of the century that the national football champion (Auburn) has not made the next NCAA tournament. It also happened in the 2003 tourney (Ohio State), '04 (LSU), '05 (USC), '08 (LSU), '09 (Florida) and '10 (Alabama). The teams that did both: Oklahoma in the '01 tournament, Miami in '02, Texas in '06 and Florida in '07. That academic year, Florida became the first Division I school to hold the football and basketball titles simultaneously.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for He can be reached at

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