3 NCAA Teams That Have Excelled in Both Men’s Basketball and Football

Do you like watching football as much as you like watching basketball? In the world of the NCAA, it is common for teams to have a solid football squad or a solid basketball squad. For instance, the Duke Blue Devils have won three Division I NCAA basketball championships, though their football team is typically less-than-stellar. Meanwhile, while Alabama’s football team has won 12 national championships, their basketball team is consistently under the radar.

However, some NCAA schools have excelled in both football and basketball. Here are some prime examples:

1. Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats’ football team has not only played in 10 bowl games; it has a winning record of 6-4 in those bowls, and has won the last three of them. Cincinnati has appeared in the Sun Bowl twice, the Motor City Bowl twice, and most recently, in the PapaJohns.com Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Bearcats’ basketball team has also achieved success. The team has appeared in the NCAA mens basketball tournament 24 times. Those trips to the tournament included two national championships for the Cincinnati Bearcats (1961, 1962), and one loss in the championship game (1963).

2. Florida Gators

The Gators football team, for which the sports drink Gatorade was named, has won two national championships. During the 1996-1997 season, past Florida QB Steve Spurrier returned to coach his alma mater to a 12-1 season, and a national championship. Florida defeated Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. Then during the 2006-2007 season, the Gators won their second national championship, walloping the Ohio State Buckeyes, 41-14. In addition to their national championships, the Florida has produced three Heisman Trophy winners:

o Steve Spurrier (1966)

o Danny Wuerffel (1996)

o Tim Tebow (2007)

The Florida Gators’ mens basketball team has recently risen to prominence. In 2000, the team made its first NCAA championship appearance, though it lost to Michigan State, 89-76. However, the Gators would become «chompions» in 2006, winning their first NCAA title. The Gators demolished UCLA, 73-57. Then in 2007, Florida defended its title, by defeating Ohio State 84-75.

3. UCLA Bruins

Although better known for its basketball team, the Bruins football team has also achieved substantial success, throughout the years. The Bruins’ greatest success occurred in 1954, when the team became co-national champions. UCLA has also won 17 conference titles. In 1967, the UCLA football squad also produced a Heisman Trophy winner: Gary Beban.

Meanwhile, the UCLA Bruins basketball team has been spectacular. It has won 11 NCAA championships, which is more than any other team. Under renowned coach John Wooden, the Bruins won 10 titles in the span of 12 years! The team has also been undefeated during four years (1964, 1967, 1972, 1973). UCLA won its most recent NCAA championship in 1995. Since 2006, the team has also appeared in three back-to-back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA tournament.

While it is commendable to excel in either NCAA men’s basketball or football, it is outstanding to excel in both sports. Cheer on your favorite NCAA team to victory in either sport-or both!

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