What If The BCS Ran College Basketball?

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.

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