Insinuating that the '99 and '04 titles were lucky is a little obnoxious. The '04 team was the preseason #1 team in the country, and the '99 team had two losses: to Cuse minus Hamilton and Voskuhl, and that 2-point loss to Miami. They beat Michigan State and Stanford (on the road) decisively, won the Big East regular season and tournament with ease, and beat Duke head-to-head in the title game. Plus, there were a number of seasons where they were in the conversation for best team and had some tough luck, so I'm going to pick this one up every time somebody gets it wrong.
Yes. I'm aware. And if I remember correctly, the team wasn't feeling 100% against Miami either.
I'm not sure he thinks they were lucky. Going into the tournament, both in 1999 and 2004, we weren't the favorites. We were 2 in 1999, and probably behind Duke in 2004, although widely picked. But we had 6 losses, didn't always look great throughout the year, and were a 2 seed.
Look, I think they were the best team both times, but I can understand why a rational person might disagree. And Titus is merely parroting popular opinion, and he doesn't remember those years himself--he was on the 2008 Ohio State team, if I recall right. Meaning he was quite young for both 1999 and 2004. And the mythical "best team" title is meaningless. The best team is the team that wins the title--and we did that 4 times.