Combined football and basketball records for every SEC school in 2015-16
Before we get started, let’s get this out of the way first: The SEC is a football conference.
That’s easy to determine, considering the SEC claims 37 national championships in football — eight since 2006 — whereas the SEC will enter the 2016-17 season with 12 basketball titles.
Some SEC schools are known more for their prowess on the court rather than the gridiron, and vice vera. For example: Alabama’s football program has won four of the last seven national titles; conversely, the Crimson Tide’s basketball team has made the NCAA tournament just once in nine years.
So which schools had the best combined football and basketball records for the 2015-16 athletic calendar? Take a look:
14. Missouri Tigers (15-28 combined record/.349 winning percentage)
Not only did Missouri (5-7, 1-7) finish tied for last place with South Carolina in the SEC East during football season, but it took the bottom-dwellar crown outright in basketball, ending the season with a 10-21 (3-15) record. Ouch.
13. Auburn Tigers (18-26/.409)
Only in his second season with Auburn, Bruce Pearl gets a pass here as the Tigers basketball program (11-20, 5-13) continues to rebuild. Meanwhile, Gus Malzahn enters the 2016 football season on the hot seat after finishing 7-6 (2-6) last year, reserving the last spot in the SEC West.
t-11. Vanderbilt Commodores (23-22/.511)
Unfortunately for the ‘Dores, dreams of another postseason win will have to be pushed back for at least another few months. Derek Mason was able to make some noticeable progress in Year 2 with a 4-8 (2-6) record, but combine that with Vanderbilt’s disappointing 19-14 (11-7) mark in hoops with a First Four loss in the NCAA Tournament and, well, here we are.
t-11. Tennessee Volunteers (24-23/.511)
Tennessee might be on the rise in football, but the basketball program has a ways to go before it can return to being an annual NCAA Tournament participant. The Volunteers won nine games on the gridiron but finished two spots above last place on the court in 2015-16.
10. Mississippi State Bulldogs (23-21/.523)
Just imagine where Mississippi State will be at this point next year without Dak Prescott.
9. Arkansas Razorbacks (24-21/.533)
Arkansas becomes the first school on this list to finish with at least a .500 record in both football and basketball during the 2015-16 season. The Razorbacks improved in Bret Bielema’s third season (8-5, 5-3), but regressed on the court (16-16, 9-9) following a 27-9 record in 2014-15.
8. South Carolina Gamecocks (28-18/.609)
No, South Carolina’s basketball team didn’t lose to The Citadel, too. But it did miss out on March Madness festivities, stumbling to a 25-9 (11-7) finish after starting the season with an unblemished 15-0 record.
7. Florida Gators (31-19/.620)
Despite being picked to finish fifth in the SEC East last summer, Florida won 10 games, the division and appeared in the conference championship game. The Gators found solace in winning two games during their NIT run a few short weeks ago, handling North Florida and Ohio State before coming short of the semifinals with a loss to George Washington.
6. LSU Tigers (28-17/.622)
It was a year to forget for LSU fans. After a 7-0 start and reaching as high as No. 4 in the polls, Leonard Fournette and the football Tigers fell victim to a harsh SEC schedule, losing three of four and ending any shot at a playoff appearance. The Ben Simmons project was a disaster, as the basketball team fell even further below expectations, missing the NCAA tournament after beginning the season as the No. 21 team in the country.
5. Georgia Bulldogs (30-17/.638)
Even though it comes in at No. 5 on this list, Georgia decided to move on from coach Mark Richt following a fourth season in five years with at least 10 wins. The Bulldogs were competitive on the court, winning 10 games in SEC play, but failed to secure an invite to the Big Dance.
t-2. Kentucky Wildcats (32-16/.667)
Thanks to another strong performance from the basketball team (27-9, 13-5), Kentucky is tied for second. There will be an opportunity to move up the list this time next year if the Wildcats are able to take the next step this coming football season, as they seem poised to play in a bowl game for the first time since 2010.
t-2. Ole Miss Rebels (30-15/.667)
Coach Hugh Freeze led Ole Miss (10-3, 7-1) to what was its best season since 2003, and could follow it with an encore this fall. The basketball team was unable to make an NCAA Tournament appearance, but won 20 games for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
t-2. Alabama Crimson Tide (32-16/.667)
It’s a well-known fact that Alabama has dominated college football since Nick Saban won his first title with the Crimson Tide in 2009. However, while Bama has found so much success during the autumn months, it has struggled on the court since Mark Gottfried left town; the Tide hasn’t won an SEC basketball championship since 2002 and has lost 15 games or more in three consecutive years. But there’s high hope that former NBA coach Avery Johnson will restore an underrated basketball tradition in Tuscaloosa.
1. Texas A&M Aggies (36-14/.720)
From a sheer win-loss perspective, Texas A&M boasted the best overall product from revenue sports in 2015-16. Though Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies suffered a second straight five-loss campaign, the basketball team made up for it with 28 wins, a first-place finish in the SEC and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance since ’07. Gig ’em.