A week ago today, our very own Kevin McGuire posed the following question: who can pull off a college football-basketball conference title double-dip?
As it turns out, it was the two teams most likely to pull it off that did just that.
Both Michigan State and Louisiana-Lafayette — via a tiebreaker — claimed their respective conference championships in football this past fall. Sunday, they both did the same in hoops, with the Spartans easily dropping in-state rival Michigan in the Big Ten tournament championship game and the Ragin’ Cajuns doing the same to Georgia State — in overtime — to claim the Sun Belt crown and the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Were it not for Ohio State stumbling against the Wolverines Saturday, though, we would’ve seen a rematch of the B1G’s football championship game in hoops. Speaking of the Buckeyes, it was how OSU was handled by the Spartans that helped the latter’s basketball brethren do the same throughout the conference tourney.
“Mark Dantonio has often talked that I kind of showed him the way early how to win championships, and this year he showed me the way,” MSU hoops coach Tom Izzo said Saturday, after his team earned a spot in the title game. “That was the way we started the (basketball) season, learning how to win a championship from our football buddies, and now we have a chance to win our own in the Big Ten. That’s a good year, that’s a good set of events.”
Baylor was the only other team entering the weekend with the opportunity to double down on league titles. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as the seventh-seeded Bears, who claimed their first-ever Big 12 title in football in the fall, fell Saturday to Iowa State in the conference’s tournament championship game.
At the other end of the spectrum, Duke pulled off the ol’ reverse double-dip. The Blue Devils earned a spot in both the football and basketball championship games in the ACC for the 2013-14 academic year, and lost both of them rather handily. A 38-point loss to Florida State in Charlotte last December was followed a little over three months later by a nine-point loss to Virginia in Greensboro Sunday.
Below are this year’s champions for both football and basketball in all 10 FBS conferences. But, before that, allow me to make you aware that you can — and should — go to CollegeBasketballTalk HERE or follow CBT on Twitter HERE for all of the March Madness… ummm… madness.
Football: Florida State
Football: Michigan State
Basketball: Michigan State
Basketball: Iowa State
Football: Bowling Green
Basketball: Western Michigan
Football: Fresno State
Basketball: New Mexico