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March Madness 2011 Predictions: Ranking the Head Coaches of the Sweet 16

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIMarch 21, 2011

March Madness 2011 Predictions: Ranking the Head Coaches of the Sweet 16

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    Besides the pulse pounding games and all the star players, fans are also treated to some of the best coaching the game has to offer each and every March.

    College basketball boasts some of the greatest coaches in American sports. This year's field of Sweet 16 coaches is a perfect example. With that being said, who is the top coach from this year's field of 16?

    Let's go to the power rankings.

16. Dave Rose: Brigham Young

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    Rose will be making his first appearance in this year's Sweet 16 as coach of the Cougars. This is the deepest BYU has been in the tournament in 30 years.

15. Shaka Smart: Virginia Commonwealth

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    The Rams are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history after upsetting USC, Georgetown and Purdue.

    Coach Smart and the Rams are exploding onto the scene this March as the Cinderella team of the tournament.

14. Chris Mooney: Richmond

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    In a battle of Cinderella teams, Richmond defeated Moorehead State for the school's first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1988.

    Coach Mooney has done a fantastic job rebuilding the Richmond program. This is the Spiders' second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.

13. Steve Fisher: San Diego State

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    Steve Fisher has led the Aztecs to their best season in school history. After beating Temple in double overtime, San Diego state is headed the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

    San Diego State is new to all of this March Madness. However, that is not the case for Fisher. He led Michigan to the 1989 championship.

12. Buzz Williams: Marquette

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    Coach Williams has Marquette in the Sweet 16 for the first time since the school made the Final Four in 2003.

    After upsetting Big East rival Syracuse, the Golden Eagles will take on North Carolina for a trip to the Elite Eight.

11. Leonard Hamilton: Florida State

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    One of the big surprises in this year's tournament has been Florida State. Coach Hamilton has led the Seminoles to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1993.

    In addition, the Seminoles had not won a tournament game since 1998 until this season.

    Hamilton led the University of Miami to the Sweet 16 in 2000.

10. Sean Miller: Arizona

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    After a thrilling win over Texas in Sunday's third-round matchup, Miller will be making his first Sweet 16 appearance as coach of the Wildcats.

    As coach of Xavier, Miller led the Muskateers to the Sweet 16 in 2009 and the Elite Eight in 2008.

9. Bo Ryan: Wisconsin

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    This will be Ryan's fourth Sweet 16 appearance with the Badgers. In addition, Ryan led Wisconsin to the Elite Eight in 2005.

8. Thad Matta: Ohio State

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    Matta and the Buckeyes defeated George Mason on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16. This is the second straight season Matta has led Ohio State to the field of 16.

    In 2007, he led the Buckeyes to the national championship game.

    In addition, Matta led Xavier to the Elite Eight in 2004.

7. John Calipari: Kentucky

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    Coach Cal and the Wildcats will be making their second straight appearance in the Sweet 16. This will be Calipari's ninth overall appearance in the Sweet 16.

    In addition, he has taken three schools to the Elite Eight, been to two Final Fours, and he was the runner-up in the 2008 championship game with Memphis.

6. Jim Calhoun: Connecticut

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    Calhoun has now led the University of Connecticut to the Sweet 16 12 times. In addition, the Huskies have appeared in three Final Fours, and the team won national titles in 1999 and 2004 under Calhoun.

5. Brad Stevens: Butler

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    Stevens has now led the Bulldogs to two straight Sweet 16 appearances.

    Last year's national runner-up looks like they are going to be a tough out in this year's tournament, after upsetting No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh on Saturday.

    Stevens is a hot, young coach who is building quite a resume.

4. Billy Donovan: Florida

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    Florida outlasted UCLA Saturday to make their first Sweet 16 appearance since winning the national title in 2007. Coach Donovan coached the Gators to back to back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

    At this point, the Gators looks as strong as anyone in this year's tournament. Donovan is easily one of the more underrated coaches in America.

3. Roy Williams: North Carolina

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    With North Carolina's nail-biting victory over Washington on Sunday, Williams will be making his 14th appearance in the Sweet 16.

    Coach Williams will be chasing his third national championship since coming to North Carolina in 2004. The Tar Heels cut down the nets in 2005 and 2009.

2. Bill Self: Kansas

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    This will be Self's fifth appearance in the Sweet 16 as the coach of the Jayhawks. Coach Self led the Jayhawks to the 2008 championship.

    In addition to his recent success at Kansas, Self has made Elite Eight appearances with Tulsa and Illinois.

1. Mike Krzyzewski: Duke

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    Coach K will be making his 20th Sweet 16 appearance as coach of the Blue Devils. In addition, Krzyzewski has been to 11 Final Fours, and he has led Duke to four national championships.

    Coach K has truly set the mold on how build a consistent, classy basketball program.

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