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The best college basketball coaches of all time are the winningest and most decorated men ever to coach NCAA college basketball. From the legends of the game from many decades ago to those coaches currently in their prime, these top college basketball coaches of all time will always be remembered as the best leaders and most brilliant minds to ever steer the best college basketball teams into the history books.

Easily regarded by many as the best college basketball coach ever, John Wooden won a remarkable 98-straight games and 10 NCAA titles over a 12-year span while coaching the UCLA Bruins in the 1960s and 1970s. Neither feat has ever been accomplished and quite simply no other coach has ever come close to this level of success.

But there are some areas where other coaches have topped the great Wizard of Westwood. Many current and former college basketball coaches from various divisions have a higher win count, like McKendree legend Henry Statham or Oregon Tech mainstay Danny Miles, or a higher winning percentage, like longtime Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. There are also plenty of best current college basketball coaches who could very well meet or top Wooden's record of 12 NCAA titles such as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who through 2013 sits with 11 championships, or Rick Pitino or Roy Williams, both of which each sitting on seven titles a piece.

However you rank the best college basketball coaches ever, do it below by voting up the ones you think are best, voting down those that aren't, adding any not listed or re-ranking this list of the top NCAA college basketball coaches of all time!
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704 337
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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576 289
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

3
458 281
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Dean Smith age 86

4
405 274
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bob Knight age 77

5
359 271
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Izzo age 62

6
357 265
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Roy Williams age 67

7
279 239
Adolph Rupp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Adolph Rupp Died at 76 (1901-1977)

8
245 230
Jim Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Calhoun age 75

9
234 249
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Boeheim age 73

10
228 230
Jim Valvano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Jim Valvano Died at 47 (1946-1993)

11
264 297
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rick Pitino age 65

12
153 116
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Larry Brown age 75

13
180 153
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Bill Self age 55

14
155 169
Lute Olson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Lute Olson age 83

15
155 155
Jerry Tarkanian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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129 119
Phog Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Phog Allen Died at 89 (1885-1974)

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214 227
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Calipari age 58

18
76 35
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Bob Huggins age 64

19
89 99
Al McGuire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
samgadoodle added Al McGuire Died at 73 (1928-2001)

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84 74
Denny Crum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added Denny Crum age 80

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84 94
Henry Iba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Henry Iba Died at 89 (1904-1993)

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99 134
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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89 81
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Billy Donovan age 52

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94 165
Lefty Driesell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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62 52
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
looksharp added Brad Stevens age 39

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97 96
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mark Few age 55

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76 77
Bo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bo Ryan age 68

28
81 121
Eddie Sutton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Eddie Sutton age 81

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73 94
John Thompson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Thompson age 60

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55 58
Nolan Richardson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Nolan Richardson age 76

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60 112
John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added John Chaney age 85

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79 128
Tubby Smith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Tubby Smith age 66

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39 49
Lou Carnasecca is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
MarcSherman added Lou Carnasecca

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55 64
Gary Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
KyleTurner added Gary Williams age 72

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56 76
Don Haskins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Don Haskins Died at 78 (1930-2008)

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29 13
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jay Wright age 56

37
29 37
Rollie Massimino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
slaft added Rollie Massimino age 81

38
36 51
Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Gene Keady age 79

39
40 64
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Filliben added Sean Miller age 49

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8 10
Frank McGuire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Frank McGuire Died at 80 (1914-1994)

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20 14
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added John Beilein age 64

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13 20
Jud Heathcote is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Jud Heathcote age 88

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14 27
Clair Bee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JimThomas added Clair Bee Died at 87 (1896-1983)

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31 68
Lou Henson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Lou Henson age 85

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27 44
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Archie Miller age 39

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14 9
Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Mike Brey age 58

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13 12
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Gregg Marshall age 54

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11 23
Norm Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Norm Stewart age 80

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3 12
Tom Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Tom Davis age 77

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9 23
Johnny Orr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Johnny Orr Died at 86 (1927-2013)