With March Madness upon us, it’s always interesting to examine who has the best football-basketball programs.
In the realm of the SEC, the pickings are slim.
In fact, Florida is the only current SEC team that has been to a bowl game and the NCAA tournament each of the past two years. The Gators played in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA tournaments and have been to 21 straight bowl games, including a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl this past season.
The only three SEC teams that played in the NCAA tournament last year and also went to a bowl game following the 2011 season were Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt.
The 2009 NCAA tournament included just three SEC teams -- LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee -- and they finished a combined 1-3 that year in the tournament. Of the three, LSU and Tennessee went to bowl games following the 2009 season, but they both lost.
So counting football bowl games and NCAA tournament men’s basketball games that year, the SEC was a combined 1-5.
The last SEC team to go to a bowl game and the Final Four in the same season was Florida. The Gators won back-to-back national championships in basketball in 2006 and 2007 and also won the BCS national championship in football during the 2006 season.