The Big Winners: College Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year

Jay InglesCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2008

With only a few games left in the season, it's time to take a conference-by-conference look at the players and coaches who defined the college basketball season.

ACC Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough

Not really a surprise here. Psycho T is averaging over 23 points and 10 rebounds per game and a big reason the North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 1 in the country.

ACC Coach of the Year: Oliver Purnell

It's hard to argue against a guy who has taken a past bottom-feeder and turned them into the best ACC team short of North Carolina and Duke. The Clemson Tigers are a lock for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1998.

 

Big East Player of the Year: Luke Harangody

Notre Dame's sophomore stud is scoring 21 points and pulling down more than ten boards a game. Unfortunately for Big East foes, he'll be around for two more years.

Big East Coach of the Year: Mike Brey

I could have gone with Rick Pitino, but Louisville was a pre-season top ten team. So I like Mike Brey for exceeding expectations in South Bend and leading Notre Dame to the upper echelon of the Big east.

 

Big Ten Player of the Year: D.J. White

The big man trend continues here with this Indiana senior, who is averaging a double-double alongside superstar freshman Eric Gordon.

Big Ten Coach of the Year: Matt Painter

This one is a no-brainer. Painter has a very young Purdue team tied for first in the Big Ten at 14-2 after a 9-7 conference finish last year.

 

Big XII Player of the Year: Michael Beasley

Kansas State's star freshman is putting up Durant-like numbers in his first (and only) year in college and is probably the National Player of the Year.

Big XII Coach of the Year: Scott Drew

Who knew that Baylor would be on the NCAA Tournament bubble at this point in the season? Drew's Bears are 8-6 in the Big 12 and have the inside track to a rare tourney bid.

 

Pac-10 Player of the Year: Kevin Love

There are some pretty good candidates for Pac-10 player of the year, but you can't sell short this freshman for filling UCLA's only void: the post. He makes the Bruins a serious national title contender.

Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Trent Johnson

Apologies to Herb Sendek, but Johnson has done an incredible job at Stanford.  The Cardinal are 24-4 and ranked in the Top Ten.

 

SEC Player of the Year: Shan Foster

Finally, a guard makes the cut. Foster has been lighting it up from three all year and has a surprising Vandy team heading to the tourney for the second straight year.

SEC Coach of the Year: Rick Stansbury

Stansbury has Mississippi State on top of the SEC West at 11-3 and well in line for a bid to the NCAA Tounament.

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