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The Top Ten Coaches With The Most NCAA Tournament Wins

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The Top Ten Coaches With The Most NCAA Tournament Wins

10. Bob Knight (45 Tournament Wins) Notoriously known for throwing chairs and grabbing necks, legendary coach Bob Knight achieved high rates of success in the NCAA tournament. Bob Knight’s motion offense and no-nonsense coaching style sparked the Indiana Hoosiers to three National Championships. The General Bob Knight also sprinkled some more NCAA tournament wins late in his coaching career with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Protect Ya Neck!

9. Lute Olson (46 Tournament Wins) Lute Olson developed a highway to the NBA at The University of Arizona.  While bridging the University of Arizona into Point Guard U, Olson developed guards like Steve Kerr, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Terry, Damon Stoudamire and Mike Bibby into NBA caliber players. A steady and consistent point guard remains a staple of NCAA Championship Teams.

8. John Wooden (47 Tournament Wins) John Wooden’s UCLA Bruin teams cut down the nets 10 times during his tenure as coach. "The Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden produced wins with players like Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Wooden’s words of wisdom willed his teams to NCAA Tournament wins and have been inspiring entrepreneurs ever since. “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there” - John Wooden.

7. Tom Izzo (47 Tournament Wins) Mr. March! Michigan State Spartans Coach Tom Izzo earned that nickname with his high NCAA Tournament success rate. Izzo pushes his players hard in practice with “war” rebounding drills, in which players wear football helmets and football pads. With tough guards like Mateen Cleaves, Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine and Cassius Winston, The Spartans are primed for a postseason run each and every year. How far will the Spartans March this year?

6. Jim Calhoun(49 Tournament Wins) Nobody wanted to play Jim Calhoun’s Uconn Huskies in March because The Huskies were always surging as tournament time approached. A stellar recruiter, Calhoun brought future NBA Stars like Ray Allen, Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Kemba Walker to Uconn where they helped Calhoun’s teams rack up wins in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Calhoun Got Game.

5. Jim Boeheim (53 Tournament Wins) Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orangemen and their 2-3 Zone Defense are a nightmare for tournament opponents. Coach Boeheim led the Syracuse Orangemen to an NCAA Tournament Championship with a team that featured NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony.

4. Rick Pitino (54 Tournament Wins) It’s weird not seeing Coach Slick Rick Pitino on the sideline of a powerhouse college hoops team anymore. Rick Pitino won at every school he coached at, which included Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville. From Kevin Ware snapping his leg in half to Ron Mercer slamming down a put-back dunk, Pitino’s legacy is stamped all over March Madness.

3. Dean Smith (65 Tournament Wins) Dean Smith brought us Michael Jordan for goodness sake! With former Tar Heel players like Rasheed Wallace, James Worthy, and Antawn Jamison it is no shock that Dean Smith accumulated a massive amount of NCAA Tournament Wins. The University of North Carolina honored the Hall of Fame Coach with the Dean Smith Center also known as the “Dean Dome” where according to MJ, “The Ceiling is the Roof!”

2. Roy Williams (72 Tournament Wins) As long as he keeps the vertigo at bay, It’s safe to say that Roy Williams will earn a few more NCAA Tournament victories before he decides to hang it up. Roy Williams led blue blood programs Kansas and North Carolina to two NCAA championships and eight Final Fours. Don’t need to be coy, Roy, just win another NCAA  Championship for Tar Heels fans.

1. Mike Krzyzewski (91 Tournament Wins) Public Enemy #1. Coach K and The Duke Blue Devils are the most loathed,  feared, talented, and well-coached team in March. Coach K will eclipse the century mark in wins because he has shown an uncanny ability to adapt with the times. This year, Coach K’s loaded Duke Blue Devils are once again favorites to win another National Championship. A few questions remain: will Zion Williamson play and can they win without him? 


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