Sixteen coaches will try to get to the Final Four this weekend, and five already know the way. Been there, done that. As for the other 11 wannabes, time to rank them. But how?
The PTD poll. Paid Their Dues. Figuring in longevity and consistency. Bonus points for past anguish of coming close.
No. 11 Mike White, Florida
No. 10 Greg Gard, Wisconsin
No. 9 Chris Holtmann, Butler
No. 8 Matt Painter, Purdue
No. 7 Chris Mack, Xavier
No. 6 Dana Altman, Oregon
No. 5 Frank Martin, South Carolina
No. 4 Steve Alford, UCLA
No. 3 Scott Drew, Baylor
No. 2 Sean Miller, Arizona
And finally, No. 1, Mark Few, Gonzaga
Come Saturday, he and Gonzaga might be facing Miller and Arizona for the West regional title, and a Final Four berth. Think of that, No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the PTD poll.