NCAA Coach of the Year Candidates

Posted: 02/20/2013 by phillyisforphanatics215 in Basketball, NCAA

Overall, this NCAA Men’s Basketball Season has been crazy to say the least. There have numerous amounts of “upsets” and no team has pulled away from the pack and has been considered the top team.

There are 4 coaches in particular who have done tremendous jobs and who deserve the honor; Colorado State Coach Larry Eustachy, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett, Oregon Coach Dana Altman, and last but surely not least Miami Coach Jim Larranaga.

The case for Larry Eustachy is a pretty good one, at season’s start the Rams had a slim chance to enter March Madness and this would have probably come via winning the Mountain West’s conference tournament. There chances to win that event were minimal but somehow, Eustachy has gotten his Rams to break into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1954. In addition, their ranking may continue to rise as a result of a pretty easy schedule.

The case for Tony Bennett, is primarily  due to Virginia’s spectacular “in your face” defense. His team could shock the entire ACC if they could manage to get into the “Big Dance”. Especially, when one considers the strength of schedule they have including games against Miami and Duke, two top ten teams.

The Case for Dana Altman, in a conference full of disappointing surprises, it is good that there is at least one that is happy.  The Ducks were predicted in the preseason to be 7th in the Pac-12 and currently they are sitting close to the top. In addition, Altman is dealing with a very young backcourt and he has handled it very well.

Lastly, Jim Larranaga’s case, his team was predicted to finish outside of the top three in the ACC but currently they are arguably No. 1 in all of the land with a ton of quality wins. What is most surprising, is how they remain undefeated  in the ACC, which is a very competitive conference.

No matter, who ends up winning the award it will probably be a great choice.

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