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20. Tennessee State
New coach Dana Ford's first assistant coaching job was at TSU, where he helped draw Tiger stars Robert Covington and Patrick Miller to Nashville. He then spent a year at Wichita State, where he helped recruit current star point guard Fred VanVleet. His eye for talent will help him as a head coach.
19. North Dakota State
David Richman has been an assistant at NDSU for 11 years, a span that has produced seven of the top 16 scorers in Bison history. He's worked under three coaches who were in the 2014 NCAA tournament: Greg McDermott, Tim Miles and Saul Phillips.
18. Appalachian State
Longtime Davidson assistant Jim Fox heads less than two hours northwest to take over an Appy State program headed for the Sun Belt. Fox lost a solid talent, but may have helped his status with future recruits, when he released point guard Devonte Graham from his letter of intent after a lengthy battle. Graham went on to sign with Kansas.
Before Frank Haith's seat could get too hot at Missouri, he decided to make a run for the border and escape to Tulsa. At his introductory press conference, he butchered the name of his new team's conference and tried to sell the media on his new job being better than his old one. Points for excitement, at least, and his program is equipped to make a splash this season.
The aforementioned Saul Phillips left North Dakota State for Ohio, a program that needed its third coach in three years after John Groce and Jim Christian left for Illinois and Boston College, respectively. Phillips is energetic and an engaging talker, as his introductory press conference proved. Bobcats fans have reason for excitement, but that excitement comes with more than a little worry.
15. Montana State
Veteran assistant Brian Fish gets his first head coaching job after 25 years, 15 of those spent working for Dana Altman. Fish followed Altman from Marshall to Kansas State to Creighton and spent the last four years with him at Oregon.
Cuonzo Martin is the only coach in this year's Sweet 16 to change jobs, bolting Tennessee thanks to a surly fan base that still hasn't gotten over its ex, Bruce Pearl. The Midwest-raised and trained Martin will have to adapt to recruiting the West Coast, and fans addicted to the star system will be underwhelmed by his classes, but he knows how to find guys to fit his style.
13. UNC Wilmington
Kevin Keatts takes over after three seasons on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville. Before that, he lost only 17 games in 10 seasons over two stints at Hargrave Military Academy, one of the nation's top prep schools. Getting talent to Wilmington is harder than getting it to Louisville, but Keatts has already beaten some major programs for Jacksonville transfer Jarvis Haywood.
Mizzou hired a coach who certainly has a great familiarity with the university. Kim Anderson was a player and assistant coach for the Tigers, but he's also 58 years old with no head coaching experience above Division II. As well as the school knows Anderson, it makes the $42,500 it paid to a search firm feel like a highly questionable investment.
11. Wake Forest
Great players can often make terrible coaches, but Danny Manning got off to a strong start at Tulsa, reaching the NCAA tournament in only his second season. Manning can win at Wake, especially if he can win some toe-to-toe recruiting battles with Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams.