Inspired by the genius over the The Onion, I decided to try and figure out what the college basketball post-season would look like if we had "bowls" for college basketball. I had some ground rules:
- I'll use the AP Poll as my "BCS" rankings.
- Same rules as football, BCS Conference champions get auto-BCS bids. At-large bids determined by any non-BCS teams highly ranked and remaining at-large teams.
- I will try my best to stick to bowl-conference affiliations.
- Mid-Major bowl affiliations will be re-imagined amongst the different conferences in basketball.
- Keep the same order in which the bowls are played.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19th
Eagle Bank Bowl, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Tech (19-15) vs. Cornell (21-10)
FRIDAY, MARCH 20th
New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico (22-12) vs. Stephen F. Austin (24-8)
SATURDAY, MARCH 21st
St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fl.
VCU (24-10) vs. Temple (22-12)
Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, Nev.
Utah State (30-5) vs. Portland State (23-10)
New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans, La.
Tulsa (25-11) vs. Cleveland State (26-11)
SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd
Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, Calif.
#10 Gonzaga (24-6) vs. Arizona (21-14)
Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii
Cal (22-11) vs. St. Mary's (28-7)
Motor City Bowl, Detroit, Mich.
Minnesota (22-11) vs. North Dakota State (26-7)
THURSDAY, MARCH 26th
Meineke Car Care Bowl, Charlotte, N.C.
#13 Syracuse (28-10) vs. #24 Clemson (23-9)
FRIDAY, MARCH 27th
Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando, Fla
Boston College (22-12) vs. Michigan (21-14)
Emerald Bowl, San Francisco, Calif
#19 Arizona State (25-10) vs. Baylor (24-14)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28th
Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La.
Kansas State (22-12) vs. Vanderbilt (19-12)
Papajohns.com Bowl, Birmingham, Ala
Notre Dame (21-15) vs. Western Kentucky (25-9)
Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Texas
Ohio State (22-11) vs. Texas A&M (24-10)
Holiday Bowl, San Diego, Calif.
#15 Washington (26-9) vs. #14 Kansas (27-8)
SUNDAY, MARCH 29th
Humanitarian Bowl, Boise, Idaho
BYU (25-8) vs. Miami (19-13)
Texas Bowl, Houston, Texas
#23 Marquette (25-10) vs. Texas (23-12)
Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas
#25 Utah (24-10) vs. Creighton (27-8)
Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
#18 UCLA (26-9) vs. #11 Villanova (30-7)
THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd
Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn
Maryland (21-14) vs. Providence (19-14)
FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd
Insight Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.
Oklahoma State (23-12) vs. Wisconsin (20-13)
SATURDAY, APRIL 4th
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta, Ga
#16 Florida State (25-10) vs. Tennessee (21-13)
Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.
Penn State (26-11) vs. South Caroliona (21-10)
Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla
#5 UConn (31-4) vs. #13 Wake Forest (24-7)
Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Fla
Illinois (24-10) vs. #21 LSU (27-8)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
#17 Purdue (27-10, Big Ten Champ) vs. USC (22-13, Pac-10 Champ)
SUNDAY, APRIL 5th
Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla
#6 Duke (30-7, ACC Champ) vs. #4 Pittsburgh (31-5. At-Large)
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
#7 Oklahoma (30-6) vs. Auburn (24-12)
Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn
#22 Butler (26-6) vs. Florida (25-11)
Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, La
Mississippi State (23-13, SEC Champ) vs. #3 Memphis (33-4. At-Large)
International Bowl, Toronto, Ont.
West Virginia (23-12) vs. Dayton (27-8)
MONDAY, April 6th
Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.
#9 Missouri (31-7, Big 12 Champ) vs. #8 Michigan State (30-6, At-Large)
GMAC Bowl, Mobile, Ala
#20 Xavier (27-8) vs. Siena (27-8)
TUESDAY, April 7th
BCS Championship Game, Miami, Fla.
#1 Louisville (31-6, Big East Champ) vs. #2 North Carolina (32-4, At-Large)
Note: BCS At-Large bids granted to Memphis, North Carolina, Pitt and Michigan State. Since only two teams from a conference can get BCS bids in a given year, UConn was pushed out. And due to Memphis qualifying, Oklahoma got pushed out of the last spot.
Note #2: As silly as this looks, it isn't any dumber than what we actually do for college football.