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Leading the best teams most likely to win March Madness 2018, 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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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Krzyzewski Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

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627 329
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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495 317
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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432 294
Bob Knight is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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392 285
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Roy Williams North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball

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384 297
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Izzo Michigan State Spartans men's basketball

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294 259
Adolph Rupp is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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251 270
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Jim Boeheim Syracuse Orange men's basketball

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246 252
Jim Valvano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Jim Valvano

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256 251
Jim Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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204 170
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Bill Self Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketball

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274 326
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Rick Pitino Louisville Cardinals men's basketball

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164 130
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Larry Brown SMU Mustangs men's basketball

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137 128
Phog Allen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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160 170
Jerry Tarkanian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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160 182
Lute Olson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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95 46
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Tom Derr added Bob Huggins West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball

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228 245
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
John Calipari Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball

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93 79
Denny Crum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
bigulcards added Denny Crum

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98 85
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
gatorphil83 added Billy Donovan Florida Gators men's basketball

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95 105
Al McGuire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
samgadoodle added Al McGuire

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104 138
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Rick Majerus

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89 99
Henry Iba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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74 55
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
looksharp added Brad Stevens Boston Celtics

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106 98
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mark Few Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball

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100 170
Lefty Driesell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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64 63
Nolan Richardson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Nolan Richardson

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84 81
Bo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Bo Ryan Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball

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86 125
Eddie Sutton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Jay Wright Villanova Wildcats men's basketball

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78 102
John Thompson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added John Chaney

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62 81
Don Haskins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Don Haskins

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43 55
Lou Carnasecca is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
MarcSherman added Lou Carnasecca

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57 67
Gary Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
KyleTurner added Gary Williams

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83 138
Tubby Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Tubby Smith Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball

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34 37
Rollie Massimino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
slaft added Rollie Massimino

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37 54
Gene Keady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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13 8
Pete Carril is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Pete Carril

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12 12
Frank McGuire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Frank McGuire

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30 15
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added John Beilein Michigan Wolverines men's basketball

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

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Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Gregg Marshall Wichita State Shockers men's basketball

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16 29
Clair Bee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JimThomas added Clair Bee

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43 72
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
Mike Filliben added Sean Miller Arizona Wildcats men's basketball

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9 10
Mike Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Mike Montgomery

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33 70
Lou Henson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time

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34 48
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
JacobHuneycutt added Archie Miller Dayton Flyers men's basketball

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7 10
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Bruce Weber Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball

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16 11
Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Coaches of All Time
TRENT13 added Mike Brey Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball