With the brackets being released Sunday night, March Madness has officially begun. Filling out your personal bracket has become more American than voting. Sixteen teams make up each bracket (not counting the play-in game), and each game is every bit as much about good coaching as it is about the performance of the players.
A coach has to motivate his team to either pull an upset or avoid one, as well as knowing when to make a substitution and drawing up plays during late timeouts that can lead to game-winning shots.
In this second article of a four-part slideshow, I’ll be breaking down the power rankings of the head coaches in the West region of the NCAA tournament. My formula is weighted among four categories in order to create as unbiased a perspective as I can, but some coaches have been penalized for various reasons, which will be explained in their respective slides.
The formula is as follows: career wins in Division I are worth five percent (the experience of a coach), wins in their last ten games are worth 35 percent (the momentum a team currently has), total NCAA tournament appearances are worth 20 percent (again, the experience of a coach and how many times he led his team this far), and titles are worth the remaining 40 percent (for those that have been here and won it all).
Note: These are the rankings for the coaches, not their teams.