From Bowling To Dancing

By Adam Caparell - March 12, 2007

The field of 65 was finally announced Sunday and 21 schools that earned either an automatic bid or at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament also happened to make an appearance in a bowl game only a few months ago.

Five teams that participated in BCS bowl games made the Tournament: USC, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and national champion Florida.

The two top teams at the end of football season are two of the top teams entering the NCAA Tournament. Florida was the overall No. 1 seed and Ohio State also earned a No. 1 seed. If both teams make it to the Final Four, they'd be in line to face each other in the national title game.

The schools who went bowling, and who are now set to dance are Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

BYU and Oregon played each other in the Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 21 with the Cougars taking the game. BYU, a No. 8 seed in the South Region, and Oregon, a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, could meet in the Final Four in Atlanta.

Chances of it happening: If BYU could ever get past Ohio State in the second round, the South Region isn't that brutal. But the Cougars aren't going to have any answers for the Buckeyes and should have their hands full with a good Xavier team in the first round.

Maryland and Purdue met in the Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 with the Terps emerging victorious. Maryland, a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, and Purdue, a No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region, could potentially meet in the Sweet 16 in St. Louis.

Chances of it happening: Conceivable, but highly doubtful. Maryland will have a tricky second round meeting with either Old Dominion or Butler, but should take care of business. The real qustions is whether Purdue can get past Arizona in it's first round game. Then Florida would be next? No shot.

Wisconsin and Arkansas faced off in the Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 with the Badgers going home winners. Wisconsin, a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional, and Arkansas, a No. 12 seed in the East Regional, could meet for the national title.

Chances of it happening: If, and only if, the Razorbacks - a team that didn't deserve a bid to the Tournament in the first place - made a run for the ages. Never.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 02:33 PM on March 12, 2007

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