Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Question of the Day

In his postgame interview with Jim Nantz, Billy Donovan suggested that this Gators team be looked at not as just the best team of the season, but one of the best teams in history. So what is this Gators' team place in history? My feeling is that they're the best team since the 1990 Runnin' Rebels. Also judging from the postgame interviews, I think these Gators got just as much of an education as Larry Johnson et al received while at UNLV.

Your thoughts?


At Tue Apr 03, 10:05:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Sanchez said...

Well, I guess it's all about how they do next year. That may seem pretty harsh, but if we're talking comparissons, 'the best team since 1990' ain't that big a crown IMO.

Then again, that was 17 flippin years ago... where does the time go?

At Tue Apr 03, 02:50:00 PM PDT , Blogger Pacifist Viking said...

I'd think about that '96 Kentucky team. There was a very talented team.

At Tue Apr 03, 05:08:00 PM PDT , Blogger insomniac said...

Viking: Delk, Walker, McCarty, Anderson and Mercer were a scoring machine. Tho honestly, I was never a fan of Pitino's "let's just launch 3's all day and hope 40% go in" coaching philosophy in the 90s.

Sanchez: I ask myself that same question every single day.

At Tue Apr 03, 10:10:00 PM PDT , Blogger Zach Landres-Schnur said...

thought those early 90s duke teams were really effin' good.

florida's done something that no team's done in like 15 or whatever years, but the path wasn't that tough.

hard to compare teams across decades -- like apples and fucking oranges -- but i just don't think florida's all that good. the best team in a few weaker years of CBB.

At Wed Apr 04, 12:21:00 AM PDT , Blogger insomniac said...

Word to the wise, Zach:
Do not fuck oranges if you have recently shaved your balls. That citric acid will sting like a mutha.

As to your point- I agree that CBB isn't nearly as deep now as it was in the 90's. That being said, Florida didn't just eke by in their wins- they destroyed teams.

At Wed Apr 04, 02:04:00 PM PDT , Anonymous greg said...

I'd say probably half of the champions in the 90's were as good or better than this team (UNLV 90, Duke 92, Kentucky 96, UConn 99, maybe Arkansas 94). And I agree that they're competition has not been as good as most of those teams had to face.

There may be some teams that didn't win it all who were better than this team (UNLV 91 & Duke 99 come to mind).

Also, anytime the players themselves start lobbying for their team to be considered one of the greatest, I'm inclined to think less of them.

I think their greatness has been somewhat overstated due to their repeat. College basketball is not what it used to be, and it's rare that a team who wins it all comes back the next year intact. If that happened more often, along with the more watered-down competition we see these days, such a repeat might be more common.

I also think it's possible that more is being made of their greatness because it just happened. Memories of teams past fade a little as time moves on. Everyone is 'wowed' by them right now, but do they really stack up as well with past teams the way the media is making them out to? I realize that the media never blows things out of proportion, but they may be making more of this than is really there (in my opinion.)

They have been a great team. I'm not sure where they rank among the best of all time, but I have to think it's easily outside the top 10.

At Fri Apr 06, 09:07:00 AM PDT , Blogger Mini Me said...

Nice Larry Johnson line. This team was pretty damn impressive for two years in a row. I think they are the best team since the Duke team in 92.


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