The Best Coach in the History of Every Big Ten Basketball Team

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The Best Coach in the History of Every Big Ten Basketball Team
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Some of the Big Ten Conference's member schools have sired some of the most iconic coaches in the history of college basketball. Others have been led by a faceless procession of anonymous grinders.

While some schools have been led to Final Fours by two, three or even four different coaches, a couple don't even have enough NCAA tournament bids to fill two hands. One Big Ten coach hasn't even gotten to start counting yet.

The Big Ten coaches selected here as each school's best were chosen primarily by the numbers, including wins, Big Ten titles, NCAA bids and the occasional Final Four trip. Some, however, weighed their numbers down with off-court issues that tarnished otherwise impressive legacies (take a bow, Clem Haskins).

An honorable mention has also been offered for each school in case the reader wonders how close his or her personal favorite is to the top.

A few of these coaches are hall of famers, while some would never get there without a ticket. The difference between the two ably spells out the difference between one school's tradition and another's lack thereof.


All coaching records courtesy of

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