Notwithstanding the fact that neither fielded a football team at the I-A level that was in a BCS conference at the time of their respective NCAA runs, why do you contend that BIG EAST members UConn ('99) and Providence ('97) were anomalies in that they were "non-BCS?" They will be non-BCS after 2004, but they weren't then (well, actually Providence was because there was no BCS in 1997, there was still the Bowl Alliance).
Publius, I'm not sure that I understand your question. ???
My point was that the historical patterns in college basketball changed abruptly in the past 10 years. The conferences who are currently in BCS football have suddenly taken over college basketball as well. These same conferences have been successful in basketball in the past but nothing like what they have been in the past decade.
I mentioned UConn as one of the few schools to make it to the Final Four in the past 10 years who does not play BCS football.
I mentioned Providence as one of a number of schools who was frustrated with a loss in the regional finals (Elite 8) in recent years when this same caliber of school was getting to the Final Four with regularity in the past.