With the NCAA tournament field down to the Sweet 16, the pressure is mounting on coaches as well as players. At this time of year, there are few assets more valuable to a team than a coach who knows how to win in do-or-die postseason games, from making in-game adjustments to keeping his players from tightening up and beating themselves.
It says something about the quality of this year’s pool of coaches that Bill Self (with one national title already under his belt) doesn’t even merit a spot in the top five. The Kansas bench boss has accomplished a lot in his career, but he’s up against some all-time greats in this tournament.
Read on for a closer look at Self and the coaches above (and below) him in the pecking order for the 2013 Sweet 16. For purposes of these rankings, postseason success was weighted a good deal more heavily than regular-season wins, though both factors were considered in many cases.