For me there is one glaring similarity. The link is likability.
During the back to back years many of my garnet and gold friends who love FSU with all their heart would point out that that it was just hard not to like those Gator teams. That seemed to be the prevailing feeling around the country regarding Al, Corey, Lee and even Joakim because he always played 100 mph.
You get the feeling most of the country sure wants to knock off this year's team but they don't have hatred for them like some great teams of the past like the Michigan Fab Five, UNLV and from the NBA the Detroit Bad Boys. Using a couple of football comparisons, sure in the day Charlie Ward and Warrick Dunn were Gator killers, but man it sure was hard not to like those guys.
It is just good to know that there are still some sports fans out there that no matter who they root for can still appreciate a team that plays hard/clean like the aforementioned Gator basketball teams. You gotta like that.