Once again, as a Florida State fan and alumnus I cannot allow the University of Florida to wallow in their victory against the Ohio State Buckeyes and proclaim themselves National Champions.
Yes, on the surface, the Florida Gators again appear to be National Champions. They pummeled Ohio State and won the NCAA Tournament. Sounds fair, right? The best 64 teams enter, the last one standing earns the right to be called champion.
But are the Gators really National Champs?
Not so fast. They aren't even the best team in their state. Hey, Gator fans, remember the third of December? Titletown, Florida, my left foot.
So who should be National Champions?
Well, as we did at the conclusion of college football season, The Serious Tip decided to let fuzzy math determine who is the true national champion.
Who's the best team in the land?
Florida? They beat Ohio State and won the NCAA tournament, but they lost to Florida State. Better luck next year.
Florida State? Well, they did win the "Battle for Florida" by beating Florida and The University of Miami (twice), but they lost to Mississippi State in the NIT Tournament. Sorry Seminoles.
Mississippi State? The Bulldogs lost to George Mason. Nope.
George Mason? They might have been everyone's favorite Cinderella team last year, but this year they lost to William & Mary. Nada.
William & Mary? Lost to Hofstra. Nyet.
Hofstra, then? Don't get your hopes up Pride, you lost to Delaware. Hi, I'm in Delaware.
So ipso facto Delaware should be National Champions, right?
Alas, on February 17th, Delaware lost to Iona.
And with their 2-28 record, and a chain of victories leading past the Florida Gators, the Iona College Gaels are The Serious Tip's 2006-2007 Men's College Basketball National Champions.
Congratulations Iona Gaels.