...does anyone think that the 10 loss champs from Villanova in the 80s were the best team?
Clearly they were, since they won.
I disagree. Last year, Florida was not the best team IMO. They were the team that when put into the situation did the best. I think if you ask anybody who watched all of the UCONN and all of the Florida games last year in the tourney I'd bet a fair majority of poeople would agree that UCONN was the better team. Even Billy Donovan said it after the Gators won the title (he's the Gator bball coach btw) when he said that if the tourney was played again it would turn out differently.
These tournies are not always perfect in their proving of a champion. Some teams simply match up well against others (IE the Jags playing the Colts over the last few years). But if one team beats another one week that does NOT make them the better team. They matched up better and performed better on ONE given day, that is the problem with a playoff system. If you have a system where a team has to continually play at its best week in and week out, that is a much better system of determining who truly is the better team. Think about it in terms of statistics, compare the NCAA tourney where you have to win 6 games in 3 weeks versus College football where you have to win 13 (sometimes 14) games over a 5 month season. The larger the sample size, the more information you have to look at as to determine who is the better team.
Playoffs do NOT always prove who is the best team, there are tons of extraneous variables that affect who wins those playoffs, lots of times the better team doesnt win.
Edit: Just thought of one thing... George Mason beat UCONN last year AND made it further in the tourney than them, does that mean they were the better team last year? or is it that they simply got lucky?
Or how about this, imagine if the Oklahoma/Oregon game earlier this year was a playoff game, since Oregon won the game that makes them the better team by the logic of whoever wins is better but we all know that Oklahoma should've won that game and most likely was the better team (even if they did lose to BSU).