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Baker’s dozen schools won bowl game, qualified for hoops tourney

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With March Madness officially tipping off Tuesday night — if you count the March Blandness play-in games, of course — sites like ours are looking for a way to tap into the interested generated by another sport during a relatively slow time in ours.  Courtesy of the Pittsburgh sports information department, we’ve done just that.  Sorta.

Per that school’s sports information department, a total of 13 schools won both a bowl game this past football season and sent a team to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Of that group, three each came from the ACC and Pac-12.  Louisville, which will officially move from the AAC to the ACC July 1, also pulled the type of double that, Pitt’s release stated, only 10.5 percent of the 123 FBS institutions can stake it’s claim to.  The only other conferences with more than one member to make this list are the Big Ten and Big 12 with two apiece.

Below are the individual schools who accomplished this feat and their respective conferences:

Arizona (Pac-12)
Kansas State (Big 12)
Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt)
Louisville (AAC)
Michigan State (Big Ten)
Nebraska (Big Ten)
North Carolina (ACC)
Oklahoma (Big 12)
Oregon (Pac-12)
Pittsburgh (ACC)
San Diego State (Mountain West)
Syracuse (ACC)
UCLA (Pac-12)

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12 Responses to “Baker’s dozen schools won bowl game, qualified for hoops tourney”
  1. bender4700 says: Mar 19, 2014 9:44 AM

    Not one SEC school.

    *awaits SEC excuse machine*

  2. drummerhoff says: Mar 19, 2014 9:59 AM

    Fantastic accomplishment for these 13 schools … What does it mean?

  3. tluds says: Mar 19, 2014 10:19 AM

    It means you can probably win a bar bet or two if you memorize this list!

  4. mogogo1 says: Mar 19, 2014 10:22 AM

    Going out on a limb, I’d say it means those 13 schools are pretty darn good at those two major men’s sports.

  5. imaduffer says: Mar 19, 2014 10:39 AM

    Someone needs another vacation.

  6. wvuandsteelers says: Mar 19, 2014 11:11 AM

    …….and WVU accomplished neither…….

  7. whoisedgy says: Mar 19, 2014 11:22 AM

    Let’s see…winning a two-bit bowl game and making the field of 68 is a sign of athletic prowess. Call me cynical…Oh wait, a lying cheater just got $14.7 million dollars from Auburn. And a philanderer gets a second chance at Louisville. And the beat goes on. Long live college sports!

  8. whoisedgy says: Mar 19, 2014 11:22 AM

    Oh and I forgot…good old state u has great academics.

  9. dcroz says: Mar 19, 2014 3:28 PM

    No excuses; the SEC just sucks in basketball. None of the three teams that got into the tourney even went to bowls, let alone won one. It’s why I think Florida has a great chance of not making it to the second weekend despite being the overall number-one seed, because the rest of the league (Kentucky included, who is only an eight-seed) gave them any real teams to play…and Florida struggled against many if them.

  10. dcroz says: Mar 19, 2014 3:30 PM

    *did not give them any real teams to play.

  11. donjsmith says: Mar 19, 2014 9:28 PM

    Not one SEC school.

    *awaits SEC excuse machine*
    no excuses necessary… most of us simply don’t much care for basketball, even when the team is decent… I’m an Auburn fan, and go to the occasional home hoops game, driving over from my home in GA with friends… it is low-key, fun, but not in any way intense… and compared to football games, it is like a funeral…

    I can tell you that, as an Auburn fan, I would not change places with one single team on that list above… making a bowl game alone doesn’t make you a great football team, and being in the NCAA tourney doesn’t make you a great basketball team… I’ll take a really good football program over the balance at places like UCLA and Fresno St. any day…

  12. longborer69 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:43 AM

    How many are a top 8 seed in BB, won at least 9 football games, and beat a team with eight or more wins in their bowl game?

    Those are the ones that are “pretty darn good” at these two sports. The others are mediocre and/or got lucky in getting an easy bowl opponent but may not be that good at all.

    Too lazy to do the research, but I think that narrows it to Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, and UCLA.

    We’ll see who can win at least one in the tournament, but for now a top 8 seeding probably says you’re a step above mediocre.

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