NCAA Tournament 2012: Coaches Who'll Lead Massive Upsets in Sweet 16

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 22, 2012

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 17:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts in the first half while taking on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden Arena on March 17, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Coaching will not hit the final shot, make a game-changing block or save a ball from going out of bounds. However, having a great coach like Indiana’s Tom Crean is an asset that will help his team be prepared to pull off a huge upset. 

However, Crean will not be the only coach who will lead his team to a shocking upset over a higher seed in the Sweet 16. These two other coaches will have their team prepared to find the weaknesses in their opponents. 

 

Tom Crean, Indiana Hoosiers

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 15:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts in the second half while taking on New Mexico State Aggies in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Rose Garden Arena on March 15, 2012 in Portland, O
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A big reason for Indiana's turnaround this year was the work Crean did. 

Making the NCAA tournament was great. Getting to be the No. 4 seed was even better. But, beating the overall No. 1 team in the tournament for a second time will be a monumental upset for this rebuilding program. 

When these two teams met earlier this year, Crean did a great job in limiting the Wildcats Anthony Davis and Terrance Jones to 10 combined points. The suffocating defense helped Indiana to an amazing one-point victory at home. 

This time around, Indiana will get another big game from Christian Watford, while getting a solid game from Big Ten freshman of the year Cody Zeller, who will score 14 points and grab 11 rebounds. 

 

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin Badgers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09:  Bo Ryan the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers gives instructions to his team during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 9,
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Ryan has been a staple with the Badgers since he took over as the head coach in 2001. Since then, he’s taken the Badgers to 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances, with three Sweet 16 trips and one Elite Eight appearance. 

Aside from the impressive run to the NCAA tournament, Ryan has had his Badgers team finishing in the top five of the Big Ten every year. 

The Badgers are a solid No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and have a tough game against the Syracuse Orange in the Sweet 16. However, Ryan will use his two big men, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, to exploit the fact that the Orange are without Fab Melo. 

Ryan will have a great game plan to lead the Badgers into the Elite Eight.

 

Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State Wolfpack

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Gottfried of the North Carolina State Wolfpack looks on during the game against the Georgetown Hoyas during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 18, 2012 in Colu
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North Carolina State had a great run to end their 2011 season, and a big part of keeping their focus was because of the job that Gottfried did.

Gottfried has this offense playing on an insane level, as they’ve won six of their last seven games, with three of those wins by a double-digit margin. In fact, Gottfried had this team playing with confidence which resulted in a blowout 14-point victory over the sixth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs. 

Gottfried will have C.J. Leslie and C.J. Brown ready to dominate again against Kansas, which will lead to an amazing upset for the No. 11-seeded NC State Wolfpack.