Now that the 2009 tourney is over, I have a topic of discussion.
Who is the team/program of the decade? In the 90's, it was pretty much a toss-up between Duke and Kentucky. Who is it for the 2000's?
Carolina can make a strong case with two national titles and (I believe) two other Final Four appearances. However, they also had an NIT appearance and an 8-20 debacle in that stretch of time.
Florida played for a title in 2000 and won back-to-back national titles and then followed it up with two stellar recruiting classes that went to the NIT.
Arizona and UCLA were consistently good, but never closed the deal on a title.
Duke started the decade strong but has been in a very un-Duke like funk for the last 4 years or so.
UConn was strong, but only has one title this decade and a couple of down years.
Given that information, I will say its a toss up for Florida and Carolina... but neither team has as strong a claim to it as teams from the 90's had. Carolina is definitely better poised for dominance in the 2010's.
Team of the decade 2000-2009?
North Carolina (68 votes)
Florida (25 votes)
Duke (1 vote)
UConn (8 votes)
UCLA (0 votes)
Arizona (0 votes)
Kentucky (No Final Fours and the last few years be damned!) (10 votes)
Other (Please specify in comments) (4 votes)
116 total votes