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Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

Tubby Smith, Steve Alford among those with stellar debuts
Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

When UCLA and Stephen F. Austin met in the Sweet 16, the game represented two of the success stories for first-year coaches.

UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose hire received lukewarm reviews, advanced the Bruins to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. Meanwhile, Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood became one of the top first-year coaches in NCAA history by going 32-3.

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.

The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.

Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UCLA Bruins

Florida's defense vs. UCLA's offense sets up exciting regional matchup
Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Florida Gators vs. UCLA Bruins

Florida and UCLA are as familiar as two teams from opposite ends as the the country can be.

The Gators and Bruins will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2006, each at a different stage. Florida defeated UCLA in the 2006 title game, the 2007 Final Four and the 2011 round of 32. Moreover, Florida and UCLA could have met again in the round of 32 had the Bruins defeated Minnesota in Ben Howland’s last game.

This Sweet 16 matchup will be different, perhaps, from the other three, primarily due to a coaching change on the other bench.

12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

These teams are not bringing their best into the Tourney. How much will it hurt them?
12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.

At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.

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