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Pigskin Powers Succeed In NCAA Tournament

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 10:47 PM CDT
Florida vs. Michigan at Cowboys Stadium. It sounds like a marquee match-up on a Saturday in the fall, rather than a showdown in the Elite Eight. But here in Texas, where we don't have four seasons, we have just two - football season and spring football season, Florida and Michigan have made us punt on the notion that you cannot have a winning basketball program at a football school.

"I not only wanted to coach at this level, I wanted to coach it at a place where football was king, where football was terrific," Michigan head men's basketball coach John Beilein said. "Because it gives you all kinds of opportunities in recruiting. It gives you great resources."

"Predominantly in the south it's always going to be a football region, but I think we've done a good job of making basketball well known," said Florida forward Erik Murphy. "We get unbelievable support from the school."

Florida head men's basketball coach Billy Donovan pointed at the Longhorns as an example of a perennial football power. "Texas has great football tradition," said Donovan. "The passion you see in football, per se, we have that same passion in our own building on our (basketball) home games. But you've got to in some way get people to understand or see that the perception of this football or people labeling things is not necessarily accurate."

There are 345 schools that play Division I men's basketball. Only ten have won an NCAA title in football and men's hoops. Florida and Michigan are two of those ten.

The other eight are: Arkansas, Cal, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, Syracuse and UCLA.Pigskin Powers Succeed In NCAA Tournament


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NBA

Wednesday's Games

Philadelphia 89, Detroit 69

Cleveland 99, Portland 94

Toronto 119, Sacramento 102

Denver 93, New Orleans 85

Houston 99, Dallas 94

Minnesota 110, Boston 98

Atlanta 113, Brooklyn 102

New York 100, Oklahoma City 92

San Antonio 95, Charlotte 86

L.A. Clippers 94, Utah 89

Phoenix 106, Washington 98

Thursday's Games

Milwaukee at Orlando, 7 p.m.

New York at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Denver at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

New Jersey 2, Toronto 1, SO

Washington 4, Pittsburgh 0

Los Angeles 4, Chicago 3

Thursday's Games

Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Arizona at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Buffalo at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Anaheim at San Jose, 10 p.m.

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