March 18, 2009

Many schools find success in football and basketball

Some football facts and figures in relation to the NCAA tournament:

Twenty-five schools that appeared in a bowl game during the 2008 football season are in the 2009 NCAA tournament: Arizona, Boston College, BYU, California, Clemson, Connecticut, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Texas, USC, Utah, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Northern Iowa and Villanova are the schools that appeared in the 2008 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and also are in the NCAA tournament. UNI lost in a semifinal, Villanova in a quarterfinal.

Five of the 10 schools that appeared in a BCS bowl also are in the NCAA tournament: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, USC and Utah.

The only BCS bowl not represented in the NCAA tournament is the Orange, which matched Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.

The only No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament that wasn't in a bowl is Louisville. UConn is the only No. 1 seed that won its bowl.

The conference with the most football/basketball "doubles" is the ACC, which has six schools that were in bowls and in the NCAA tourney. Second is the Big 12 with five, followed by the Big Ten with four, the Big East and Pac-10 with three each, the Mountain West with two and C-USA and the SEC with one each.

Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Missouri, Texas, USC, Utah, Wake Forest and West Virginia are the 13 schools that could win a bowl and win an NCAA tournament game. Texas, USC and Utah are the schools that could win a BCS game and an NCAA tournament game.

There is one first-round game that's a rematch of a bowl; Florida State-Wisconsin also was the matchup in the Champs Sports Bowl.

This is the fifth time this decade that the national football champion has not made the next NCAA tournament. It has happened in the 2003 tourney (Ohio State), '04 (LSU), '05 (USC), '08 (LSU) and '09 (Florida). 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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