Fresh off a surprise national title run by Kevin Ollie’s UConn Huskies, college basketball could easily see a second straight newcomer join the ranks of championship-winning coaches. Although the usual suspects, such as Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipari, will have a lot to say about which team cuts down the nets next March, an exceptionally deep crop of coaching commoners are clamoring at the gates this season.
One such hopeful is Arizona head man Sean Miller. In just five years in Tucson, Miller has gone a long way toward bringing back the glory of the Lute Olsen years, but Wildcats fans won’t be ready to put him on the same kind of pedestal until he delivers the program’s second national title.
Herein, a closer look at Miller and his imposing 2014-15 squad, along with the rest of the half-dozen coaches in the best position to become first-time national champs next year.