Super-Nova and the Super-Gators

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Atlanta, Ga.--040207--Florida's Corey Brewer dunks against Ohio State in the first half of the 2007 NCAA Men's National Basketball Championship.--(TRACY WILCOX/The Gainesville Sun)

So we have a new national champion now and it is a familiar one, because Villanova won it two years ago.

That national title wasn’t quite as dominating as this one. The 2018 champs won all six games by a dozen points or more and the average margin of victory was 17.7 ppg.

That made for some boring games, but nobody from Villanova minded one bit.

That dominance made me go back and look up the margin of victories for the last team to win back-to-back titles, the last team you could call a dynasty even if it was a short one. Your 2006-07 Florida Gators.

The margin the first year was impressive. Florida won five of its six games by 13 or more points and the average margin of victory was 16.0 points per game. The only close one was the Sweet 16 win over Georgetown that Florida won by four on Corey Brewer’s throw-in-and-one shot.

(As a side note, Florida beat Villanova and Jay Wright that year in the Elite Eight, 75-62.)

The following year, with much more pressure to repeat, the margin of victory was 14.2, but it was skewed by a 43-point win over Jackson State in the opening round. That was a fun game to watch because Jackson State had the lead for a big chunk of the first half before Florida went crazy and scored 71 second-half points.

Let me repeat that, 71 second-half points. This year’s team had 13 full games where they didn’t score that many points.

Florida’s other five games during the “Repeat After Us” season were all won by margins of 10 points or less. But the team simply knew how to win basketball games.

 

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  1. As best I can tell trying to look it up, if Michigan had won, they would’ve become the first school to win multiple national titles in all three major sports. Since they didn’t, the Gators can become the first with a repeat in the CWS. That would be another great accomplishment like being the first to hold the football and basketball titles in the same calendar year and then the same academic year. Another school might be able to duplicate it, but they can never take away a “first”!