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TFD: Gophers football and men's hoops have been remarkably similar

Posted by: Michael Rand under Gophers Updated: August 21, 2013 - 4:26 PM

Twitter follower Howard N. points out an interesting tidbit in the Wall Street Journal today.

/checks stocks

/has no stocks

OK, it was in the sports part. Phew. In any event, the Journal became curious about which college teams had the biggest differences between their football and basketball programs.

To find out, we surveyed the all-time winning percentages for every major-conference school, compiling a plus-minus for each school's football and basketball teams.

That sounds like a lot of work. What they found is that Nebraska has the most lopsided edge in football over basketball (no real surprise), while Kentucky has the most lopsided result in basketball over football (again, no surprise).

The intrigue for us, however, came at the end:

Strictly by wins and losses, Minnesota is the most balanced program in college sports, with the same win-loss percentages—to the tenth of a percent—in football and basketball.

We're not sure which official records the WSJ is going by. You would think it would be easy, but with all the academic fraud/vacated seasons in hoops, things can get kind of tricky. We will say that by OUR math, the football team and basketball team are remarkably similar (both at .568 winning percentages) when the 1976-77 basketball season (ineligible player) as well as 1993-94 through 1998-99 are not included.

The U still counts the 24-3 season from 1976-77, so really hoops might be ahead -- but only slightly. Regardless, they are quite (amazingly) similar. If we say they are exactly tied now, which do you think pulls into the lead after 2013?

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