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April 2, 2007 at 1:05 PM

Florida to win it all tonight

I hope I’ve proven to be upfront enough on these blogs about pointing out when I’ve been wrong that you’ll indulge me also noting when I may have been right.
In November, in my first ballot of the season for the AP writer’s poll, I had Florida No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2. Not brain surgery to figure that out, to be sure, but still ….
And tonight, I think that’s how it will unfold as I fully expect Florida to beat Ohio State with relative ease and become only the second team since 1973 to win back-to-back NCAA titles (Duke did it in 1991-1992).
I think it’ll be along the lines of 81-68 with Florida’s greater depth and experience everywhere eventually making the difference.
The bigger story tonight, however, is the fact that Ohio State and Florida each made it to the title games for both football and basketball.
I agree with much of what Pat Forde of ESPN.com wrote here today that this could be the beginning of the really big-time programs simply taking over college athletics. Money isn’t everything in sports, as the Oakland A’s have shown, but it sure betters the odds for success.
And as Forde further notes, the days when some schools considered themselves only “football schools” or “basketball schools” are over. The big ones see they can be good in both with enough effort (and cash), which figures to only further distance them from the mid-majors.
Nice as George Mason’s run to the Final Four last year was to watch, I don’t think it was quite the coming-out party for the mid-majors as some liked to think, but rather a fluke that may look even more incredible a decade or so from now, when the big powers will likely be lording over college sports with an even firmer grip.
By the way, figured I’d open myself up to further abuse by reprising the rest of my pre-season poll.
1, Florida
2, Ohio State
3, North Carolina
4, Kansas
5, Arizona
6, Pittsburgh
7, LSU
8, Duke
9, Georgetown
10, Alabama
11, UCLA
12, Wisconsin
13, Washington
14, Boston College
15, Memphis
16, Texas A&M
17, Marquette
18, Nevada
19, Hofstra
20, Southern Illinois
21, Syracuse
22, Louisville
23, Texas
24, Creighton
25, Oregon
I vastly overrated Arizona, LSU, Duke, Alabama, Washington and Hofstra, but redeemed myself with my mention of Oregon — that was the only vote the Ducks got in the pre-season poll.

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