LSU Joins North Carolina with Rare NCAA Feat
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- With its No. 4 ranking in women's basketball, LSU joined North Carolina as the only schools in NCAA history to have its football team and men's and women's basketball teams finish their seasons ranked in the top 5 in the nation during the same athletic year.
LSU most recently accomplished the feat with both the men's and women's basketball teams reaching the NCAA Final Four. The men's team capped its season ranked No. 3 in the nation after posting a 27-9 overall mark and reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time in school history.
The Lady Tigers advanced to the Final Four for the third straight season where they fell to Duke in the national semifinals. LSU, behind the play of National Player of the Year Seimone Augustus, capped its season ranked No. 4 in the nation after recording a 31-4 overall mark. The Lady Tigers won at least 30 games in a season for the third time in four years.
The Tiger football team, under the direction of first-year coach Les Miles, posted an 11-2 overall mark and defeated Miami, 40-3, in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Tigers, the champions of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, finished their first year under Miles ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
North Carolina is the only other school in NCAA history to have all three of its teams -- football, men's basketball, and women's basketball -- finish the season ranked in the top five during the same athletic year. The Tar Heels did it in 1997-98 when their football team was ranked No. 4 in the nation in the final poll, while the men's and women's basketball team both finished the year ranked No. 3 nationally.