With small rosters and ultra-fast turnover, college basketball puts pressure on its coaches that no other sport does. Sometimes, even the best (sorry, Steve Fisher) get stuck with a roster that won’t get the job done in a given season, while others (such as Saint Louis’ Jim Crews) finally have the personnel to make their marks on the national stage.
One coach who’s trying to prove just how good he can be with the right players is Steve Alford. UCLA’s new head man is coming off a brilliant run at New Mexico, but can he shed his postseason demons with a program that’s had its own issues in March lately?
Read on for more on Alford and where he ranks among this year’s 25 best coaches, accounting not only for past performance but also for the potential of the 2013-14 team.