The NCAA basketball season has been full of surprises, which is always good news for those who like an exciting Coach of the Year race. Lists of favorites for that honor routinely emphasize coaches whose teams have exceeded preseason expectations, and 2012-13 has an ample supply of those.
Oregon entered the year quietly after an NIT quarterfinal finish last March, but the Ducks have made plenty of noise in the Pac-12. Coach Dana Altman has opened a lot of eyes in guiding his team to a one-game lead in the conference over preseason darlings Arizona and UCLA.
Read on for more on Altman’s efforts, along with the resumes for the rest of the 10 most promising candidates for national Coach of the Year honors.