The lineup is set for college basketball’s Final Four, and many of the nation’s most decorated coaches will be spectators like the rest of us this year. Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams, holders of a combined 1,565 career victories and three national titles, both saw their teams bow out in the Elite Eight—thanks in large measure to the absence of stars Fab Melo and Kendall Marshall, respectively.
Another coach who, by most estimates, ought to have made it into the 2012 Final Four is Florida’s Billy Donovan. Unfortunately for Rick Pitino’s protégé, though, his Gators blundered away a double-digit lead for the second Elite Eight in a row, taking a little more of the shine off the postseason reputation he built by finishing off back-to-back national titles five years ago.
Donovan’s absence cuts down on the number of national championships in this year’s Final Four field, but it certainly doesn’t mean that the coaches still battling it out won’t be a top-quality bunch. Have a look at how this year’s final quartet stacks up against each other.
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