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So how would the world be different if the BCS ran college basketball? And how would KU’s basketball history be altered?Let’s take a look. I went back and grabbed the final regular-season Associated Press polls from the last 18 seasons (thanks to Statsheet.com for the information).I couldn't find complete information on the coaches poll, and the RPI only went back to the 1999-2000 season, so for this exercise, we’ll just take the AP rankings and make them our BCS final poll.The two BCS title teams (that would have played in the championship game) are listed on the left, along with their final ranking in the Associated Press poll. In parentheses on the right is the actual NCAA tournament winner and that team’s final AP ranking.1990-91:No. 1 UNLV vs. No. 2 Arkansas (No. 6 Duke)1991-92:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Kansas (No. 1 Duke)1992-93:No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 2 Kentucky (No. 4 North Carolina)1993-94:No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Arkansas (No. 2 Arkansas)1994-95:No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 2 Kentucky (No. 1 UCLA)1995-96:No. 1 Massachusetts vs. No. 2 Kentucky (No. 2 Kentucky)1996-97:No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 2 Utah (No. 15 Arizona)1997-98:No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Kansas (No. 5 Kentucky)1998-99:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State (No. 3 Connecticut)1999-2000:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State (No. 2 Michigan State)2000-01:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Stanford (No. 1 Duke)2001-02:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Kansas (No. 4 Maryland)2002-03:No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Arizona (No. 13 Syracuse)2003-04:No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 Kentucky (No. 7 Connecticut)2004-05:No. 1 Illinois vs. No. 2 North Carolina (No. 2 North Carolina)2005-06:No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Connecticut (No. 11 Florida)2006-07:No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Kansas (No. 3 Florida)2007-08:No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Memphis (No. 4 Kansas)What does this all mean? For one, it means Roy Williams would have benefited greatly from the BCS.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/08/Royjacquejerod____t640_.jpg• At KU, Williams made two championship games: 1991 and 2003, losing both of them.With the BCS system in place, Williams’ teams would have been put in the finals four years: 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2002. Looking at those matchups, Williams would have probably left Lawrence with at least one national title, most likely in 1997 with his starting five of Jacque Vaughn, Jerod Haase, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard and Raef LaFrentz taking down Keith Van Horn and the Utes.Williams also would have made two championship games with UNC under the BCS: in 2005 and 2008.• As for Bill Self, he would have been in the same number of championship games (one) either way.In the BCS, KU would have made the title game in 2007, going up against Ohio State. I actually would have liked the Jayhawks’ chances in that matchup.As it was, though, Self was able to take last year’s No. 4-ranked Jayhawks all the way to a national title, upsetting the two top-ranked teams, North Carolina and Memphis, along the way.• As a whole, KU would have made five championship games from 1990-2008 under the BCS. With the NCAA tournament in place, the Jayhawks made three championship games, winning one title. Though it’s hard to guess what would have happened in the BCS title games, one might assume that KU would have been able to win more than one of its five championship games.• Duke would have made six title games under the BCS. Kentucky and Kansas would have been next with five title games, while North Carolina would have made four.• Another note: Obviously, with a BCS system in place, KU wouldn’t have sniffed the 1988 title. KU, in fact, wasn’t ranked in the top 20 in the final AP poll. Here’s the matchup that would have taken place: No. 1 Temple vs. No. 2 Arizona.• By the way, only seven of the last 18 national champions in college basketball have been either the No. 1- or No. 2-ranked team in the final AP poll. Makes me of the opinion that the BCS can never “get it right.” Only a playoff can truly decide the “right” teams for a national championship game.


kymock 9 years, 6 months ago

The BCS isn't simply polls, though. The computer data factors in as well. A basketball BCS would probably have to incorporate the RPI somehow. This article does a good job of showing how badly Roy underachieved in the tournament.

Jason Bailey 9 years, 6 months ago

This article does a good job in showing how idiotic the BCS system is in defining who the real champ should be.The entire post-season is broken in college FB, especially when you factor in the Big 12.It should not be #1 North against #1 South -- it should be the #1 vs. #2 in the Big 12 period. That would have made OU vs. TX and would have satisfied the ferocious (rightfully so) Texas fans. Let it be settled on the field.Then you have the BCS with its mantra of "lose early, win late". If OU had dropped the TX game in Mid-November, they'd be looking at the Fiesta Bowl. USC lost against a nobody back in September....they finished at #5.This whole thing stinks. Playoffs are the only way to figure out who's the best. After all, there are many teams who finally meld into a Ferrari engine in November and others that start burning anti-freeze about Conference championship time.Every other major sport in college uses some sort of playoff system yet FB stubbornly sticks to a system that has been shown over and over again to be the epitome of a farce for the sake of money.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Jason completely. The championship should be the two best teams in the BIg 8 plus the Texas billy-bobs, never mind this division crap. This mess was created by the money barons trying to wring the most dollars out of a college sport, you know, like Lew Perkins would have it. OU should have played UT for the championship, Missouri went into Saturday's game with three losses. Some divisin champion! I am an OU fan but I feel that Texas got screwed and glued in this crazy and insane money manufacturing scheme and again, college sports gets mashed down in favor of Lew's almighty dollar.

rgh 9 years, 6 months ago

It only reinforces why college football (D-I or whatever it's termed this year) needs a playoff. The BCS is a joke and it shows that in basketball it wouldn't be fair or right to use something similar. Those who follow the computer polls in college football know they are just as much of a joke as anything. Look at the final BCS computer rankings and see where Texas Tech and Texas rank in comparison to Florida and Alabama in one of them (obviously a Texas based ranking). College basketball has it right, so let it be. I love the college football bowls, but hate the BCS system. Either go to playoffs in football or scrap the current BCS system. Remember, it's still possible to have split national champions!

Jock Navels 9 years, 6 months ago

This article doesn't prove anything....maybe it shows that the NCAA basketball tournament is broken, and the BCS system is the way to go. There have been a few teams win the NCAA year-end basketball tournament that have no real claim on a national championship in any way except they got hot and lucky in their last 6 games. Try this: At the end of spring practice a school's athletic director sends a certified letter to the NCAA declaring whether or not the school is going to compete for a national championhsip that fall. If more than 64 schools declare, a first round opening of the season high seed-low seed elimination game is played. Schools that declare are put in pools and pool play ensues. The winners of the 8 pools then enter the Super Conference and play a seven game pool. The winner is the winner. Maximum number of games is 15. Everybody plays 14. It isn't single game win or your out elimination except for the possible 1st game elimination. The schools that choose not to compete for the national championship are grouped and they play each other all year. There would be no more Texas Tech vs Sam Houston St or Ohio State vs Akron games, except for the possible elimination games; this year, for example, Iowa State may have opted out, and Ball State could have opted in.Right now one of the biggest problems i see is that there are 5 conferences playing division 1-a football whose members have no chance of being champions. the 2 conferences out west play some good football.

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