Seeding NCAA tournament football/basketball combos 1-16
Michigan State, Ohio State and Louisville are the top seeds among NCAA Tournament teams with the best football/hoops combos.
Considering the programs’ recent body of work in both sports, this is an honest attempt at a bracket of best hoops/football combos among teams in this week's NCAA tournament.
The NCAA field is missing several elite football programs -- seven of the end-of-season AP top 10 -- which makes the seeding not so clear-cut.
Note that 2013-14 performances, though carrying serious weight, don't offset past accomplishments. For example, Florida Gators won’t be a 12 seed just because football went 4-8 last year. It’s still Florida football. Not that we’re letting programs live off merits of decades past, but one off year won’t kill a well-established program. Two might.
A lot of these seedings were really tough and could go either way, especially on the back end.
1. Michigan State Spartans : If Tom Izzo is the country’s most consistent hoops coach, Mark Dantonio is learning well from his counterpart, averaging 10.5 wins the last four years along with a conference and Rose Bowl title.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes : Urban Meyer’s two titles at Florida and 24-2 record at Ohio State, coupled with Thad Matta’s two Final Four appearances, comprise a strong case for the No. 1 seed. But Izzo is the tiebreaker here.
3. Louisville Cardinals : Rick Pitino can’t slip if he wants to outmuscle the football program, which is coming off back-to-back top-15 finishes. Good thing for Pitino he’s got a realistic shot at going back-to-back.
4. Duke Blue Devils : K and Cut form one of deadliest coaching tandems thanks to Duke’s football resurgence despite inferior talent compared to ACC peers.
5. Florida Gators : Obviously Florida would be higher without the 4-8 football implosion last year. But the Gators’ two-sports prowess is still undeniable, with each hoisting two titles since 2006
6. Michigan Wolverines : Rarely do you say Michigan football has to match the basketball team’s intensity, but that’s the bar John Beilein’s team has set. Wolverines had a down year in football but are still two years off a Sugar Bowl win.
7. Oklahoma Sooners : Give second-year Sooners hoops coach Lon Kruger two more years and Oklahoma might crack a top-five seed. He’s always been a good coach. Bob Stoops is doing his part, obviously.
8. Wisconsin Badgers : Badgers probably have the third-best Big Ten program in both spots right now, which we think is something to brag about.
9. Baylor Bears : This might be a tad high for Baylor, but Scott Drew has two elite eights and Art Briles’ Bears can outscore most basketball teams.
10: Oklahoma State Cowboys : Mike Gundy and Travis Ford form a strong tandem – they aren’t winning titles every year (one outright Big 12 championship between them) but build rosters that are always a threat to do so.
11. UCLA Bruins : Bruins head coaches Jim Mora and Steve Alford have a combined three years at the school but have done damage in that span.
12. Kansas State Wildcats : K-State rarely deceives in either sport. You know you’re getting at least a decent, but sometimes great, season.
13. North Carolina Tar Heels : It’s been a while since Tar Heel football surpassed the middle-tier-bowl realm, but when it does, Roy will be waiting.
14. Oregon: Look, the Ducks finally beat Stanford. Dana Altman is starting to bring balance to the football-basketball equation in Eugene. If Mariota's knee doesn't go out in the second half of last season, the Ducks might have been title-bound.
15. Arizona Wildcats : RichRod has rebuilt his career at Arizona and could break out in Year 3. Wildcats haven’t dropped off under Sean Miller.
16. (play-in game) Brigham Young Cougars vs. Syracuse Orange : Dave Rose’s string of seven NCAA tournaments in eight years is impressive. Bronco Mendenhall looks to regain his double-digit-win seasons after back-to-back 8-5 campaigns. Syracuse hoops pushes Orangemen into top 16 but football wasn't much of a presence in the 2000s and is just picking itself up again the last two seasons.
LAST FOUR OUT: Stanford,
Arizona State Sun Devils
Marshawn Lynch riding an injury cart isn't the only moment that needs to be memorialized in...
It took longer than it should have, but the long national nightmare is finally over
The College Football Playoff has decided to no longer play its semifinal games on New Year's...
Both the North Carolina governor and attorney general have endorsed ECU for the Big 12
Now you can permanently re-live Marshawn Lynch's greatest moment as a Golden Bear
Tyrone Prothro will be an intern coach for the Panthers at training camp