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May 29, 2014

Louisville shines in big four men's sports



The four most-popular men's college sports are football, basketball, baseball and soccer. A remarkably small number of NCAA programs had success in all four major sports.

Only Louisville, North Carolina and Stanford sent their football team to a bowl game and their men's basketball, baseball and men's soccer teams to the NCAA Tournament. Of course, this kind of all sports success isn't anything new to Louisville.

The 2012-13 season became known as "The Year of the Cardinal" after Louisville made NCAA history by sending its football team to a BCS bowl (a win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl), its men's basketball team to the Final Four (a national championship win over Michigan), its women's basketball team to the Final Four (a title game loss to UConn) and its baseball team to the College World Series (after beating Vanderbilt in the Super Regional).

While this season's post-season success wasn't as headline grabbing, the Cardinals remain one of the few programs in America to be good at the top sports at the highest level.

Only Louisville finished with 10 wins in football, 30 wins in basketball and 40 wins in baseball.

A total of 27 schools had success in the two biggest sports - football and basketball.

2013 Bowl Teams: 70
American (5) : Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, UCF (Champions), Rutgers
ACC (11) : Boston College, Clemson, Duke (ACC Coastal Division Champions), Florida State (ACC Atlantic Division Champions,Champions), Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
Big Ten (7) : Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State (Big Ten Legends Division Champions, Champions), Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State(Big Ten Leaders Division Champions), Wisconsin
Big 12 (6) : Baylor (Champions), Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech
Conference USA (6) : East Carolina, Marshall (C-USA East Division Champions), Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Rice(Champions, C-USA West Division Champions), Tulane
Independents (3) : BYU, Navy, Notre Dame
MAC (5) : Ball State, Bowling Green (MAC East Division Champions, Champions), Buffalo, Northern Illinois (MAC West Division Champions), Ohio
Mountain West (6) : Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State (Mountain West West Division Champions, Champions), San Diego State, UNLV, Utah State (Mountain West Mountain Division Champions)
Pac-12 (9) : Arizona, Arizona State (Pac-12 South Division Champions), Oregon (Pac-12 North Division Co-Champions), Oregon State, Stanford (Pac-12 North Division Co-Champions, Champions), UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State
SEC (10) : Alabama (SEC West Division Co-Champions), Auburn (SEC West Division Co-Champions, Champions), Georgia, LSU,Mississippi State, Missouri (SEC East Division Champions), Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Sun Belt (2) : Arkansas State (Co-Champions), Louisiana-Lafayette (Co-Champions)

2014 NCAA Tournament Teams: 68
AAC (4): Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis
America East (1): Albany
Atlantic 10 (6): Dayton, George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, UMass, VCU
ACC (6): Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
Atlantic Sun (1): Mercer
Big 12 (7): Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
Big East (4): Creighton, Providence, Villanova, Xavier
Big Sky (1): Weber State
Big South (1): Coastal Carolina
Big Ten (6): Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Big West (1): Cal Poly
CAA (1): Delaware
Conference USA (1): Tulsa
Horizon League (1): Milwaukee
Ivy League (1): Harvard
MAAC (1): Manhattan
MAC (1): Western Michigan
MEAC (1): North Carolina Central
MVC (1): Wichita State
Mountain West (2): New Mexico, San Diego State
NEC (1): Mount St. Mary's
OVC (1): Eastern Kentucky
Pac-12 (6): Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA
Patriot (1): American
SEC (3): Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee
Southern (1): Wofford
Southland (1): Stephen F. Austin
SWAC (1): Texas Southern
Sun Belt (1): Louisiana-Lafayette
Summit League (1): North Dakota State
WCC (2): BYU, Gonzaga
WAC (1): New Mexico State

Schools that made both a bowl game and NCAA Tournament: 27
AAC (2): Cincinnati, Louisville
ACC (4): Duke, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse
Big 12 (5): Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas
Big Ten (6): Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Mountain West (1): San Diego State
Pac-12 (6): Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA
Sun Belt (1): Louisiana-Lafayette
Independents (1): BYU
WAC (1): New Mexico State

Of those 27 schools, only 10 also made the NCAA tournament in baseball.

2014 NCAA Baseball Teams:
ACC (7): Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Virginia
America East (1): Binghamton
American (2): Houston, Louisville
Atlantic 10 (1): George Mason
Atlantic Sun (1): Kennesaw State
Big 12 (5): Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech
Big East (1): Xavier
Big South (2): Campbell, Liberty
Big Ten (2): Indiana, Nebraska
Big West (4): Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine
Colonial (1): College of Charleston
Conference USA (2): Old Dominion, Rice
Horizon (1): Youngstown State
Ivy (1): Columbia
MAAC (1): Siena
MEAC (1): Bethune-Cookman
Mid-American (1): Kent State
Missouri Valley (2): Dallas Baptist, Indiana State
Mountain West (2): San Diego State, UNLV
NEC (1): Bryant
Ohio Valley (1): Jacksonville State
Pac-12 (5): Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington
Patriot (1): Bucknell
SEC (10): Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Southern (1): Georgia Southern
Southland (2): Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana
Summit (1): North Dakota State
Sun Belt (1): Louisiana-Lafayette
SWAC (1): Jackson State
WAC (1): Sacramento State
West Coast (1): Pepperdine

Schools that made a bowl game and the NCAA Tournament in baseball and men's basketball: 10
AAC (1): Louisville
ACC (1): North Carolina
Big 12 (2): Oklahoma State, Texas
Big Ten (1): Nebraska
Mountain West (1): San Diego State
Pac-12 (3): Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford
Sun Belt (1): Louisiana-Lafayette

Of those 10 schools, only Louisville, North Carolina and Stanford made the men's soccer tournament as well.

Schools that made a bowl game and the NCAA Tournament in baseball, soccer and men's basketball: 3
AAC (1): Louisville
ACC (1): North Carolina
Pac-12 (1): Stanford



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