NCAA Tournament 2011: Top 10 Coaches for March Madness

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 16, 2011

NCAA Tournament 2011: Top 10 Coaches for March Madness

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    One of the main reasons why some of the teams in the NCAA tournament field have so much success is because of their coach. 

    Without their coach, teams would not be as good, to say the least. A team starts and ends with their coach.

    With that said, here are the top 10 coaches in the 2011 NCAA tournament. 

10. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

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    Huggins is coaching at the fifth school in his very successful career. 

    He is most known for coaching at Cincinnati, where he went 399-127, making Huggins the winningnest coach in Cincinnati school history. 

    While coaching for the Bearcats, Huggins led them to 16 NCAA tournament appearances, which include two Elite Eight trips and one Final Four.

    Now at West Virginia, Huggins has made it to the NCAA tournament all four years he has coached. Last year he managed to make his second Final Four appearance. 

9. Thad Matta, Ohio State

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    Thad Matta led the Buckeyes to the No. 1 seed overall in this year's NCAA tournament. 

    This is the Buckeyes fifth trip to the NCAA tournament under Matta. Before coaching for Ohio State, Matta did wonders for the Butler Bulldogs and Xavier Musketeers. 

    Matta has already led one of his Buckeye teams to the national championship game and looks to do the same this year. 

    Thad Matta has an NCAA tournament record of 14-8.

8. Billy Donovan, Florida

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    Billy Donovan has led the Florida Gators to two victories in the national championship in 2006 and 2007. With a No. 2 seed in the tournament this year, the Gators are in position to make another great run under Donovan.

    Donovan also led the Gators to the championship game in 2000, where they lost to the Michigan State Spartans.

    Although people say the Gators are not deserving of a 2-seed this year, Donovan and the Gators are going to show the world why they are so good. 

    Billy Donovan has a tournament record of 22-8. 

7. Rick Pitino, Louisville

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    Pitino is one of the best coaches in all of college basketball. He has a career record of 572-209.

    Pitino has only won the NCAA tournament once, but he has made the Final Four and Elite Eight a number of times. 

    He has an NCAA tournament record of 38-14.

6. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

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    Jim Boeheim is going to be coaching in his 27th NCAA tournament. 

    Although he has only won the NCAA tournament once in this span, he made it to the championship game two other times. Not to mention, he has led Syracuse to four Elite Eights and 15 Sweet 16 appearances. 

    Boeheim has an NCAA tournament record of 41-22.

5. Bill Self, Kansas

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    Bill Self has led the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA tournament 13 times, which includes one national championship game, which Kansas won. 

    Self has an amazing record of 124-25 in the Big 12. 

    Under Bill Self, the Jayhawks have been to the Elite Eight four times.

    Bill Self is 25-11 in the NCAA tournament. 

4. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut

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    Jim Calhoun has led the Connecticut Huskies to victory in two national championships and has compiled a record of 840-360 in his career.

    Calhoun is already in the Basketball Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2005.

    Although his team has been up and down this year, they won the Big East Tournament and look to do some damage in the NCAA tournament with a 3-seed. 

3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

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    Tom Izzo has led Michigan State to six Final Four appearances in the NCAA tournament, two coming in the last two seasons.

    He has won the NCAA tournament one time, but his Final Four appearances clearly make up for that. Not to mention, Michigan State has made the last 14 NCAA tournaments under Izzo. 

    Although the Michigan State Spartans did not have a very good year, they still made the NCAA tournament, and under Tom Izzo, any Michigan State team is capable of making a Final Four run. 

2. Roy Williams, North Carolina

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    Roy Williams has managed 55 wins and only 18 loses in the NCAA tournament. He is simply one of the best coaches of all time. 

    Williams has managed to make it to the Final Four seven times and has won the national championship twice. 

    He was an amazing coach for Kansas, although he could not win the national championship and he is an even better coach for the Tar Heels. 

    640-162 is the record for Roy Williams as a head coach. 

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

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    Simply put, Mike Krzyzewski is the best coach in the 2011 NCAA tournament, and his 77 wins in the tournament all time goes to show for this. 

    Coach K has led the Blue Devils to victory in a whopping four national championships. He has also made it to the Final Four 11 times in his career.

    Not to mention, Mike Krzyzewski is the coach of the USA Basketball Team. 

    Mike Krzyzewski is by far the best coach in this year's NCAA tournament and all of college basketball for that matter.