Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo take center stage Friday night when Duke and Michigan State meet in the Sweet 16. That matchup may be the most anticipated event of the round, but a battle of wits between Jim Boeheim and Tom Crean provides an excellent opening act.
Indiana and Syracuse square off Thursday night in the nation's capital. Crean and Boeheim are both among the game's elite head coaches, but enter this clash at drastically different moments in their respective careers.
Boeheim, a 2005 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, has served on the Orange's bench since 1969. The five-time Big East tournament champion and 2003 national title winner is 68 years old.
Reports of his potential retirement were refuted, but many wonder how much longer Boeheim will roam the Syracuse sideline. Crean, on the other hand, is close to hitting his career high note.
The 47-year-old is the face of a proud program's return to glory. Crean has the Hoosiers back on track as a No. 1 seed and Big Ten regular-season champion.
He started his head coaching career at Marquette in 1999 and led the Golden Eagles to a Final Four appearance. Indiana came calling after three more tourney runs at Marquette.
As these two leaders prepare to cross paths in Washington D.C., it's fair to wonder which man would be the best candidate to coach your college basketball team right now. Let's delve into the details and discover a little bit more about each leader.