Not all decisions in these coach rankings are easy. If we wanted it to be easy, we’d simply put together a list of wins and go from there.
But not all wins are equal and not all coaching jobs are equal.
In determining our top 50 coaches, we attempted to look at a variety of factor: Past success, regular season records, conference records, NCAA Tournament results, head-to-head rankings, team trends and records relative to the history of the program.
Picking our No. 1 coach in this year’s rankings was easier than in most years. Our pick has the most wins of any major college basketball coach, the most NCAA championships of any living coach, and he shows no sign of slowing down.
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Ranking the Top 50 College Basketball Coaches for 2015-16
1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
Record at Duke: 945-251, 378-152 ACC
NCAA Tournament: 88-26, 12 Final Fours, five championships
Number to note: Duke has produced six one-and-done players in the NBA Draft since 2011, second only to Kentucky’s 12.
Why he’s ranked here: At 68 years and 63 days, Krzyzewski became the second-oldest coach to win a national championship, and there’s no signs he’ll slow down. His team brings in four five-star prospects in 2015 to replace the three he lost from his fifth national championship team.
2. John Calipari, Kentucky
Record at Kentucky: 190–38, 82–20 SEC
NCAA record: 47–15, six Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: Calipari has reached the Final Four five times since 2008. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (three times) is the only other coach to make it there more than twice in that span.
Why he’s ranked here: The newly inducted Naismith Hall of Fame coach is one of the most divisive figures in the sport, but he’s done arguably the best coaching job of his career in just the last year or so. Kentucky regrouped to reach the Final Four as a No. 8 seed in 2014. The following season, Calipari balanced NBA-bound egos for a balanced, defensive-minded team that started 38–0.
3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Record at Michigan State: 495-199, 233-107 Big Ten
NCAA record: 46-17, seven Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: Izzo’s first three Final Four teams were No. 1 seeds. His last four were seeded seventh (2015), fifth (2010, 2005) and second (2009).
Why he’s ranked here: Izzo is 15 years removed from his national championship, but he’s on one of the best runs of his career. Michigan State has won at least 27 games in seven of the last eight seasons.
4. Rick Pitino, Louisville
Record at Louisville: 368-126, 164-76 C-USA/Big East/AAC/ACC
NCAA Tournament: 53-18, seven Final Fours, two championships
Number to note: Pitino’s teams have ranked in the top five in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency in each of the last five seasons and seven of the last eight.
Why he’s ranked here: Last year’s team was not one of Pitino’s best, losing to most of the top squads in the ACC, save for narrow home wins over Carolina and Virginia. The Cards were still an OT loss to Michigan State away from reaching the Final Four.
5. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
Record at Wisconsin: 357-125, 172-68 Big Ten
NCAA record: 25-14, two Final Fours
Number to note: Ryan is 42-24 against Tom Izzo, John Beilein and Thad Matta. He’s also the only one of the four with a winning record against each of the other three.
Why he’s ranked here: Will he retire or won’t he? Either way, Ryan just capped the best two-year span of what’s likely a Hall of Fame career. If Wisconsin slips back to pre-Kaminsky/Dekker levels, that’s still a top-four finish in the Big Ten and an NCAA appearance.
6. Bill Self, Kansas
Record at Kansas: 352-78, 164-36 Big 12
NCAA record: 37-16, two Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: Some perspective for Self’s 11 consecutive Big 12 championships: John Wooden holds the record of consecutive league titles with 13 from 1967-79.
Why he’s ranked here: Fred Hoiberg and Frank Martin have come and gone. Kevin Durant couldn’t do it. Neither could Blake Griffin. Missouri isn’t even in the conference anymore. Nearly every Big 12 program over the last decade has had a shot an unseating Kansas at the top and ultimately failed to unseat Self.
7. Sean Miller, Arizona
Record at Arizona:163-52, 79-29 Pac-12
Number to note:Not only has Miller been to either the Elite Eight or Sweet 16 in each of his last six trips to the NCAA Tournament, Miller has never been knocked out of the Tourney by a team seeded lower than third.
Why he’s ranked here:Miller is only 46 and on the short list of best coaches in the game. He’s seeking his first Final Four, but he’s already on a Hall of Fame trajectory.
8. Tony Bennett, Virginia
Record at Virginia: 136-64, 64-37 ACC
NCAA Tournament: 6-5
Number to note: Virginia’s record against the RPI top 50 has improved in each of the last five seasons from 0-6 to 2-6 to 4-3 to 5-4 to 8-3 in 2015.
Why he’s ranked here: The early NCAA Tournament exits in the last two seasons — both to Michigan State — will haunt Bennett, but the Cavaliers are coming off back-to-back 30-win seasons and ACC regular season titles despite lesser talent compared to teams like Duke, North Carolina and Louisville.
9. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
Record at Wichita State: 204–76, 101–43 Missouri Valley
NCAA Tournament: 8–11, one Final Four
Number to note: Seven coaches have won 30 or more games twice in the last three seasons. Marshall is the only one to do it each of the last three seasons.
Why he’s ranked here: In the last three seasons, Marshall has delivered a Final Four, a 35–0 start and a win over Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. What’s next in his final season with Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker?
10. Roy Williams, North Carolina
Record at North Carolina: 332-101, 141-57 ACC
NCAA Tournament: 65-23, seven Final Fours, two championships
Number to note: North Carolina is 23-1 against Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Florida State the last three seasons and 13-17 against the rest of the ACC.
Why he’s ranked here: Legacy. Williams’ two titles at two schools and Hall of Fame status can’t be denied, but the last three years (75-33) have been trying. With a veteran team, the Heels are built for a Final Four run in 2015-16. It would be their first since 2009 and perhaps their last for a while.
11. Jim Boehiem, Syracuse
Record at Syracuse: 966-333, 446-203 Big East/ACC
NCAA Tournament: 53-30, four Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: Boeheim’s 18 wins in 2014-15 — aided by a voluntary postseason ban — was his fewest since going 15-13 in 1981-82.
Why he’s ranked here: Boeheim will never get to 1,000 wins according to the NCAA record book (with vacated wins, he stands at 858). In the unofficial record book, Boeheim has two seasons to get 44 wins. Syracuse is 21-19 in its last 40 games after going 55-10 in the 65 prior.
12. John Beilein, Michigan
Record at Michigan: 166-110, 78-66 Big Ten
NCAA record: 16-9, one Final Four
Number to note: How about this for ball security: Nine of Beilein’s last 11 teams at Michigan and West Virginia have ranked in the top 25 in turnover rate.
Why he’s ranked here: Last year’s 16-16 debacle should be credited to injuries and bad luck. With Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton back, Michigan and Beilein should be back in the Big Ten title discussion.
13. Jay Wright, Villanova
Record at Villanova: 319-152, 140-81 Big East
NCAA record: 14-12, one Final Four
Number to note: Wright has had six of the top seven teams in Villanova history, according to sports-reference.com’s Simple Rating System. Last year’s 33-3 team was No. 1. Rollie Massimino’s national championship team in 1985 was ranked No. 20.
Why he’s ranked here: Wright’s recent tenure is worthy of some skepticism. The 29-win and 33-win seasons the last two years have coincided with a weaker Big East, and the Wildcats haven’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since the 2009 Final Four run.
14. Thad Matta, Ohio State
Record at Ohio State: 299-94, 132-60 Big Ten
NCAA record: 24-13, two Final Fours
Number to note: Ohio State is 5-12 against Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin the last two seasons.
Why he’s ranked here: In general, Matta is as steady as they come. He’s only missed the NCAA Tournament twice as a head coach. Ohio State was under NCAA sanctions in one of those; the Buckeyes won the NIT in the other. That said, the Buckeyes have taken a dip the last two seasons, finishing fifth and sixth in the Big Ten and failing to reach the Sweet 16.
15. Mark Few, Gonzaga
Record at Gonzaga: 438–103, 212–25 West Coast Conference
NCAA record: 19-16
Number to note: Few’s 95 wins during the last three seasons are the most in the country and the most of any three-year period during his career.
Why he’s ranked here: Gonzaga is arguably better than it’s ever been in the last three seasons under Few, advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999 and earning a No. 1 ranking in 2013.
16. Shaka Smart, Texas
Record at Texas: First season
NCAA record: 7-5, one Final Four
Number to note: VCU led the nation in defensive turnover rate on KenPom from 2012-14 and still finished 11th last season despite losing defensive stopper Briante Weber midway through the year.
Why he’s ranked here: The 2011 Final Four and the Havoc defense are the lead items in Smart’s career, but it’s worth noting VCU remained consistent despite moving from the Colonial to the more competitive Atlantic 10.
17. Kevin Ollie, UConn
Record at UConn: 72–33, 32–22 Big East/American
NCAA record: 6–0, one Final Four, one championship
Number to note: Under Ollie, UConn is 6–12 against KenPom top 100 teams in American Athletic Conference teams (10–14 including the league tournament).
Why he’s ranked here: The unlikely national championship run in 2014 vaulted Ollie to stardom. Apart from those three weeks, UConn has been mediocre. This should be a more typical season for a Huskies team wholly assembled under Ollie.
18. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
Record at Oklahoma: 82-49, 40-32 Big 12
NCAA record: 16-16, one Final Four
Number to note: Oklahoma’s 36 Big 12 wins in the last three seasons under Kruger are the most for the Sooners since 2001-03.
Why he’s ranked here: Kruger cleaned up the mess left by Kelvin Sampson and Jeff Capel, leading the Sooners to their first Sweet 16 since 2009. There should be more to come.
19. Bob Huggins, West Virginia
Record at West Virginia: 175-101, 80-64 Big East/Big 12
NCAA record: 26-21, two Final Fours
Number to note: Huggins is seven wins short of 700 in Division I (his official career record includes 71 wins at Walsh University).
Why he’s ranked here: Huggins led West Virginia to its best season in five years by radically changing his approach — in his 33rd year as a head coach. The Mountaineers became a full-court pressing team that was the best in the country at forcing turnovers and steals.
20. Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Record at San Diego State: 339–185, 143–103 Mountain West
NCAA record: 26–14, three Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: Fisher is responsible for all of San Diego State’s six NCAA Tournament wins and all of the Aztecs’ 66 weeks ranked in the AP poll.
Why he’s ranked here: What Fisher has accomplished at San Diego State during the last six seasons is staggering — four Mountain West titles, two 30-win season and two Sweet 16 appearances. An NCAA investigation regarding potential rules violations, however, casts a shadow over the program.
21. Larry Brown, SMU
Record at SMU: 69–34, 32–20 Conference USA/American
NCAA record: 19–10, three Final Fours, one championship
Number to note: SMU’s 54 wins the last two seasons are the most in back-to-back years in school history. The next highest is 48 wins from 1986-88. th in adjusted tempo on KenPom, but eight of his 10 teams in Westwood ranked outside of the top 100 in tempo, including five outside of the top 200.
Why he’s ranked here: Brown’s coaching ledger is tough to beat. He’s a Hall of Famer with championships in the NBA and in college. His revival of the SMU basketball program, ending a 22-year NCAA Tournament drought and turning the Mustangs into one of the top teams in the American, is another chapter of a storied career. That said, it has come as at a price as SMU was hit for major NCAA violations, resulting in a postseason ban and a nine-game suspension for Brown.
22. Larry Krystkowiak, Utah
Record at Utah:68-64, 30-42 Pac-12
Number to note:In Krystkowiak’s four seasons, Utah has improved in KenPom’s ratings from No. 297 to No. 108 to No. 42 to No. 8.
Why he’s ranked here:By taking Utah to its second Sweet 16 since Rick Majerus left, Krystkowiak has resurrected the Utah program in an improving Pac-12. With Delon Wright gone, this is could be a critical season for Utah’s staying power.
23. Mike Brey, Notre Dame
Record at Notre Dame: 332-165, 157-100 Big East/ACC
NCAA Tournament: 9-12
Number to note: Scoring down? Not for Notre Dame. Of Brey’s 15 teams in South Bend, 11 have averaged 70 points per game in conference play.
Why he’s ranked here: Last year’s trip to the Elite Eight was Notre Dame’s first time reaching the second weekend of the Tournament since 2003. Brey generally can be counted on for about 25 wins a year and pushing 30 wins every now and then.
24. Ben Howland, Mississippi State
Record at Mississippi State: First season
NCAA record: 19–10, three Final Fours
Number to note: What kind of team will Howland have at Mississippi State? His last team at UCLA ranked 30th in adjusted tempo on KenPom, but eight of his 10 teams in Westwood ranked outside of the top 100 in tempo, including five outside of the top 200.
Why he’s ranked here: Howland will have a fresh start at Mississippi State after his tenure grew stale at UCLA. He already proved he could continue to recruit at a high level, landing legacy Malik Newman.
25. Bruce Pearl, Auburn
Record at Auburn: 15–20, 4–14 SEC
NCAA record: 10–8
Number to note: Auburn’s three SEC Tournament wins to cap Pearl’s first season were as many as the Tigers had from 2001-14. In that run, Auburn defeated NCAA Tournament hopefuls Texas A&M and LSU.
Why he’s ranked here: Last season was Pearl’s first losing campaign as a college basketball coach, including his years at Division II Southern Indiana. With the way he’s recruited at Auburn, it might be his last losing season for a while.
26. Archie Miller, Dayton
Record at Dayton: 90–47, 39–27 Atlantic 10
NCAA record: 5–2
Number to note: Miller’s five NCAA Tournament wins the last two years is as many as the Flyers had in total from 1975-2013.
Why he’s ranked here: Dayton reached the Elite Eight in 2014, but last season may have been the most impressive coaching job for Miller. A shorthanded roster with no post players went 13–5 in the A-10 and won two NCAA Tournament games. Soon, Miller will be the top candidate for a top program.
27. Mark Turgeon, Maryland
Record at Maryland: 87-50, 37-33 ACC/Big Ten
NCAA record: 6-6
Number to note: In eight seasons at Maryland and Texas A&M, Turgeon’s teams have ranked in the top 40 in defensive efficiency on KenPom six times.
Why he’s ranked here: Turgeon led Maryland to its best season since the 2003 national championship last year and will have a preseason top 10 team for the first time in his career.
28. Jim Larranaga, Miami
Record at Miami: 91-49, 41-29 ACC
NCAA Tournament: 7-6, one Final Four
Number to note: Miami is 7-2, 6-6 and 10-3 in the last three seasons on the road. The Hurricanes’ previous winning season on the road was in 1999-2000.
Why he’s ranked here: Larranaga might not match his banner year with Miami — a 29-win season and an ACC championship in 2013 — but last year’s 25 wins was still the second-most in school history. The ‘Canes will be in NCAA contention again this season.
29. Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech
Record at Virginia Tech: 11-22, 2-16 ACC
NCAA Tournament record: 8-5
Number to note: Williams’ Marquette teams were ranked in the top 30 of KenPom in five consecutive seasons — each one except for his last.
Why he’s ranked here: Virginia Tech has been ill-equipped to compete in the ACC, both before Williams arrived and during his first season. After gutting the roster, Williams is ready to begin anew.
30. Dana Altman, Oregon
Record at Oregon:123-57, 55-35 Pac-12
NCAA record: 6-11
Number to note:Altman has won at least 10 conference games in 18 of his last 19 seasons, the exception being his first season at Oregon in 2010-11.
Why he’s ranked here:Altman is the first coach to lead Oregon to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but scandal and faltering attendance have marred his program.
31. Chris Mack, Xavier
Record at Xavier: 134-71, 67-33 Atlantic 10/Big East
NCAA record: 6-5
Number to note: In the last two seasons, Mack is 0-6 against Villanova (including the conference tournament) and 22-13 against the rest of the Big East.
Why he’s ranked here: Although Mack may not be held in as high esteem as predecessor Sean Miller, Mack has reached the Sweet 16 three times in his six seasons at Xavier.
32. Bob McKillop, Davidson
Record at Davidson: 496–300, 304–108 Big South/Southern/Atlantic 10
NCAA record: 3–8
Number to note: Davidson has ranked in the top 40 in offensive efficiency in each of the last four seasons, topping out at eighth last year.
Why he’s ranked here: McKillop was a good coach before recruiting Stephen Curry and a good coach after Curry left. After moving up from the SoCon, the Wildcats won the A-10 in their first season in the league.
33. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
Record at Pittsburgh: 307-111, 134-74 Big East/ACC
NCAA Tournament record: 12-10
Number to note: Pitt is 19-17 as an ACC member, including 0-10 against Duke, Louisville, NC State and Virginia.
Why he’s ranked here: The last four seasons have been an enigma for Dixon, who once led one of the most steady programs in the country in his first eight seasons at Pitt. The Panthers have missed two of the last four NCAA Tournaments and last year alone beat North Carolina and Notre Dame but lost to lowly Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
34. John Thompson III, Georgetown
Record at Georgetown: 317-157, 119-68 Big East
NCAA record: 9-10, one Final Four
Number to note: Ten of Thompson’s 11 teams at Georgetown have ranked in the top 100 nationally in both offensive and defensive efficiency on KenPom. Four teams have been among the top 50 most efficient teams on both ends of the court.
Why he’s ranked here: Thompson went 6-2 in the NCAA Tournament in his first two trips with Georgetown and 3-6 since. The early NCAA Tournament exits to lower-seeded teams will haunt him, even if they came against Final-Four bound VCU in 2011 and Stephen Curry in 2008.
35. Ed Cooley, Providence
Record at Providence: 79-56, 34-38 Big East
NCAA record: 0-2
Number to note: Providence’s KenPom rating has improved from No. 112 to 70 to 51 to 30 during Cooley’s tenure. The conference record has improved each year to match. Cooley’s KenPom ranking improved each of his five seasons at Fairfield as well.
Why he’s ranked here: The ceiling at Providence is well-established and Cooley may break through it. Cooley is the first coach since Rick Barnes to take Providence to back-to-back NCAA Tourneys (1989-90) and first since Barnes to win 20 games in back-to-back seasons (1993-94).
36. Steve Alford, UCLA
Record at UCLA:50-23, 23-13 Pac-12
NCAA record: 9-9
Number to note: All of Alford’s teams since 2006-07 at Iowa have been ranked in the top 100 of both offensive and defensive efficiency on KenPom.
Why he’s ranked here:UCLA has reached the Sweet 16 in each Alford’s first two seasons (with the assist of facing double-digit seeds UAB and Stephen F. Austin in the round of 32). With his deepest roster in Westwood, Alford will be expected to challenge for bigger prizes.
37. Scott Drew, Baylor
Record at Baylor: 230-160, 85-115 Big 12
NCAA record: 8-5
Number to note: Baylor has ranked in the top 20 in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency in each of the last four seasons and seven of the last eight.
Why he’s ranked here: It’s not fashionable to talk about Drew as a great coach — especially after Baylor’s first-round loss to Georgia State last season — but Drew is responsible for seven of the 10 20-win seasons in Baylor history, including each of the last four.
38. Mark Gottfried, NC State
Record at NC State: 92-52, 39-31 ACC
NCAA Tournament: 10-11
Number to note: Gottfried’s five NCAA wins in four years (including two Sweet 16 appearances) is the most at NC State since the Jim Valvano heyday.
Why he’s ranked here: NC State is consistent (between 22-24 wins and 9-11 ACC wins every year) under Gottfried but also a bit of a roller coaster. This is a team good enough to reach the Sweet 16 and beat a top ACC team, but has never won more than three ACC games in a row during the regular season.
39. Fran McCaffery, Iowa
Record at Iowa: 96-75, 42-48 Big Ten
NCAA record: 3-7
Number to note: McCaffery’s 67 wins over the last three seasons in the most for Iowa in a three-year span since Tom Davis went 77-25 from 1986-89.
Why he’s ranked here: McCaffery has revived the Hawkeyes' program, but he still has work to do to get Iowa into the same stratosphere as Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio State.
40. Rick Byrd, Belmont
Record at Belmont: 711–369, 192–64 Atlantic Sun/Ohio Valley
NCAA record: 0–7
Number to note: Belmont has had either the best or second-best conference record each year since 2006 in both the Atlantic Sun and Ohio Valley
Why he’s ranked here: Byrd is tied with two others for the most NCAA Tournament appearances without a win. It’s a dubious record, but one that shouldn’t overshadow that Byrd is a campus institution who turned an NAIA also-ran into one of the flagship programs of the Ohio Valley Conference.
41. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
Record at Cincinnati: 185–118, 85–75 Big East/American
NCAA record: 4–7
Number to note: Cincinnati has ranked in the top 25 in defensive efficiency in each of the last five seasons. .
Why he’s ranked here: The Bearcats might not be a consistent top-10 team again, but Cincinnati always will be respectable under Cronin. The Bearcats have made five consecutive NCAA Tournaments under Cronin.
42. Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
Record at Stephen F. Austin: 61–8, 35–1 Southland
NCAA record: 1–2
Number to note: Stephen F. Austin has ranked fifth and seventh nationally in defensive turnover rate in two seasons under Underwood.
Why he’s ranked here: A decade ago, Underwood was a junior college coaches. By the end of his third season, he might find himself a candidate for major jobs.
43. Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
Record at Vanderbilt: 313–206, 127–135 SEC
NCAA record: 6–8
Number to note: A sign things are about to turn at Vanderbilt: The Commodores ranked 19th in offensive efficiency on KenPom last season. Stallings’ best teams at Vanderbilt from 2010-12 all ranked in the top 30. Vanderbilt returns all but two notable players from last year’s team.
Why he’s ranked here: Stallings doesn’t always get his due, and that’s understandable. His teams have reached only six NCAA Tournaments at Vanderbilt, and only two advanced to the Sweet 16. But he’s also the fourth-longest tenured coach in a power conference after Jim Boeheim, Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo.
44. Tom Crean, Indiana
Record at Indiana: 121-111, 49-77 Big Ten
NCAA record: 9-8, one Final Four
Number to note: Three of Crean’s last four teams have shot 40 percent or better from 3-point range.
Why he’s ranked here: Perpetually on the hot seat, Crean is entering a critical season. The Hoosiers have had a winning Big Ten record twice since he was hired in 2008.
45. Matt Painter, Purdue
Record at Purdue: 212-125, 101-75 Big Ten
NCAA record: 8-8
Number to note: Purdue has lost seven in a row to Michigan State, four in a row to Wisconsin, seven of eight to Ohio State and four of the last five against Michigan.
Why he’s ranked here: Painter has pulled Purdue out of its two-year funk since the Robbie Hummel class left. The Boilermakers have a huge season ahead of them.
46. Tim Miles, Nebraska
Record at Nebraska: 47-79, 21-33 Big Ten
NCAA record: 0-2
Number to note: Nebraska hasn’t finished in the top 100 offensive efficiency since 2000-10 or the top 90 since 2003-04. Last year’s team was the worst offensive showing for Nebraska since 2002-03.
Why he’s ranked here: This time last year, Miles appeared to have Nebraska on the rise after the Cornhuskers’ first NCAA appearance since 1998. Last season showed how far his roster has to go.
47. Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Record at Harvard: 108–84, 78–34 Ivy
NCAA record: 4–5
Number to note: Amaker is 59–11 in the Ivy League in his last five seasons alone.
Why he's ranked here: Harvard had one NCAA Tournament appearance and no NCAA Tournament wins before Amaker was hired. The Crimson have had four consecutive trips to the tournament, including upsets of top-five seeds Cincinnati and New Mexico.
48. Rick Barnes, Tennessee
Record at Tennessee: First season
NCAA record: 21–22, one Final Four
Number to note: Barnes has missed the NCAA Tournament only once since 1996.
Why he’s ranked here: While it’s tough to go to the NCAA Tournament nearly every year for two decades, Texas didn’t reach its full potential under Barnes. In 17 seasons with all the resources at Texas, Barnes reached the Final Four once and never won the Big 12 tournament. The Longhorns failed to reach the Sweet 16 or even claim a share of the Big 12 title in his last seven years. Could a change of scenery do him good?
49. Mike Anderson, Arkansas
Record at Arkansas: 86–48, 39–31 SEC
NCAA record: 8–7
Number to note: Anderson’s teams at UAB, Missouri and Arkansas have ranked in the top 40 in defensive turnover rate in all but one year of his career and in the top 20 11 times.
Why he’s ranked here: Arkansas steadily improved in each of Anderson’s four seasons before the Razorbacks lost to North Carolina in the round of 32 in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He’s more or less starting from scratch this season.
50. Cuonzo Martin, Cal
Record at Cal: 18-15, 7-11 Pac-12
NCAA record: 3-1
Number to note: In 2015, Martin signed Cal’s first McDonald’s All-Americans since 2003.
Why he’s ranked here:Cal is expecting big things with Martin adding freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to a veteran team. Martin likely will coach a ranked team for the first time in his career.