Perhaps it’s inevitable Wisconsin and Baylor would meet in the Sweet 16 with the way the season has gone.
Both teams started on hot streaks — Wisconsin at 16-0 and Baylor at 12-1 — before falling apart early in conference play.
In the last month or so, both teams have rediscovered the magic from early in the season, powering the Badgers and Bears to a Sweet 16 game Thursday. Meanwhile, both have arrived here in unexpected ways: Wisconsin scoring 85 points in a win over Oregon, Baylor blowing out Creighton 85-55.
The NCAA Tournament will go on without Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams.
At least as far as the Final Four is concerned, that means new blood.
Of the 16 coaches left in the NCAA Tournament, only six have been to the Final Four. Some of the others are young coaches making their first major impression (Dayton’s Archie Miller, UConn’s Kevin Ollie), but the Sweet 16 is more notable for the coaches who have accomplished nearly everything they can in their career without reaching the Final Four.
The Baylor Bears are seeking to make it back to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last five years, as they go up against the Creighton Bluejays in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at the AT&T Center.
Cory Jefferson had 16 points and the sixth-seeded Baylor Bears cruised past the 11th-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers, 74-60, in a battle between former Big 12 foes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Former combatants in the Big 12 Conference get together in the Lone Star State during the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Baylor Bears battle the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a West Regional clash.
Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.
The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.