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April 2, 2007 at 8:52 PM

So where does Florida rank now?

As we predicted here earlier today, Florida won it all again tonight, and did so with relative ease.
So now the question is, where does Florida rank in the annals of college basketball history?
Obviously, nothing will ever compare to the UCLA dynasty.
But since then, only the Duke teams of 1991-92 have been able to repeat as a national champion, making those two the best since then. (UCLA last repeated as a champ in 1973, the end of its seven straight titles, with its last title in that era coming in 1975).
And really, that makes Duke and Florida the best of the modern era of college basketball. During the heart of the UCLA dynasty, only 16 teams were invited to the tournament and the Bruins had to win only four games to claim the title.
In my mind, those Duke teams were better than this Florida team. En route to winning its first national title in 1991, Duke had to beat a UNLV team generally regarded as maybe the best in the history of the game until it lost to the Blue Devils. Duke beat UNLV in the semis before beating Kansas in the national title game.
Then Duke walloped the Fab Five Michigan team — unquestionably one of the most memorable in the history of the game — to repeat in 1992.
I think beating teams like that is a little more impressive than beating UCLA teams starting Lorenzo Mata at center (much as I truly appreciate Mata’s game).
And in general, I just think the overall quality was a little better in those days than it is now, even if the new rule requiring the likes of Greg Oden to at least go to college for a year helped make it better this year.
But I’d be interested in hearing what you think.
Two other quick thoughts:
— Why does Sam Ryan always act as if the losing coach just suffered a great personal tragedy in those post-game interviews? Sure, it’s sad Thad Matta lost and all, but it’s still just a basketball game. Spare us the stuff about how great it is that he consents to an interview in such a difficult time, or however it is she always phrases it. It’s part of his job and should be treated as such. Save the Nobels for someone who deserves them.
— Whatever Joakim Noah was having during his interview after the game, I want some. Maybe it was just me, but it looked like Billy Donovan was reaching to take the microphone away from Noah as he rambled on about the “people in Gainesville” knowing what he’s talking about. I’m not sure anyone else had a clue.

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