March Madness replaced by bowl games?
by David Cassilo, USA TODAY Sports
Some people say that the BCS has destroyed college football. But what would happen if it got its hands on the NCAA tournament?
Gone would be bracketology, Cinderellas and Final Four weekend, and in its place would be a month of mildly entertaining games before we got to the real thing.
It’s a possibility not many fans want to imagine, but just in case you’re curious as to how it would play out, here’s a look at what a slate of college basketball bowl games would look like this season.
Before we get started, here are some parameters as to how the bowls were selected:
BCS Title Game
Duke vs. Indiana
The nation is in uproar as non-BCS school Gonzaga is snubbed out of the title game despite having two less losses than any team in the country. Meanwhile, Coach K faces off against the school his mentor, Bob Knight, thrived at.
UCLA vs. Ohio State
With Indiana in the title game, the Buckeyes slide into the Rose Bowl. Ben Howland saves his job by getting his Bruins team into “the granddaddy of them all.”
Miami vs. Georgetown
It’s a virtual home game for the Hurricanes, as they face Big East champion Georgetown. The storyline all week is how the game features the top two candidates for Coach of the Year.
Florida vs. Gonzaga
The Bulldogs have to settle for the Sugar Bowl and a date with the Gators. Mark Few answers 1,000 questions about if he wishes there was a playoff.
Kansas vs. Louisville
Although it’s perhaps the best bowl outside of the title game, the showdown is overshadowed by Rick Pitino talking about the demise of the Big East longer than Rand Paul’s filibuster.
Arizona vs. North Carolina State
A must-see for all hoops fans as two of the countries youngest squads do battle against each other in El Paso.
Kansas State vs. Ole Miss
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