College Sports The Best Current College Basketball Coaches  

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List Rules Only current college basketball coaches. No historic, recently fired or resignations, or NBA coaches should be included

The best current basketball coaches are the wise, talented and experienced men who lead the best men's college basketball teams in the country in 2017-2018. These men lead the NCAA in career wins, have numerous championships under their belt and are among the best college basketball coaches of all time and the highest-paid current college basketball coaches too.

As the decorated head coach of the Duke Blue Devils since 1980, Mike Krzyzewski is easily regarded as the best current college basketball coach today. Set to surpass 1,000 career wins, Coach K as he is fondly known, doesn't just dominate in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with four titles but also the world as he'd led the US Men's Olympic Basketball Team to two gold medals.

While Krzyzewski is an easy favorite, there are dozens of other stellar college basketball coaches deserving of recognition. Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Jay Wright of Villanova, and Bill Self of Kansas have all earned respect in the league as the best of the best. But some of the very best coaches don't play in the NCAA Division I. Take Harry Statham of McKendree for example. His over 1,000 wins over nearly 50 years top that of Coach K's yet coaching a Division II school puts him in a different category of elite.

So whether you are ranking the best current college basketball coaches by the number of titles they've won, how they've led your favorite team to a Cinderella run in March Madness or just that they've brought an ailing program back to greatness, surely you can find a way to rank these famous NCAA basketball coaches. Vote for your picks, add any not listed or re-rank this list of the best current college basketball coaches!

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 71 Duke Blue Devils

2
329 225
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
bigulcards added age 57 Villanova Wildcats

3
329 345
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 68 North Carolina Tar Heels

4
275 335
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 56 Kansas Jayhawks

5
318 381
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 63 Michigan State Spartans

6
302 302
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 65 Michigan Wolverines

7
208 214
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 56 Gonzga Bulldogs

8
244 325
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 59 Kentucky Wildcats

9
206 295
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 74 Syracuse Orange

10
119 117
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 55 Wichita State Shockers

11
207 234
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches

12
162 124
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 49 Virginia Cavaliers

13
86 116
Buzz Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 46 Virginia Tech Hokies

14
117 203
Shaka Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 41 Texas Longhorns

15
72 98
Jim Larrañaga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 69 Miami Hurricanes

16
64 62
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 40

Indiana Hoosiers

17
90 152
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 50 Arizona Wildcats

18
68 98
Greg McDermott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 54 Creighton Bluejays

19
71 69
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
millerump18 added age 52 South Carolina Gamecocks
 

20
55 76
Dana Altman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 60 Oregon Ducks

21
50 55
Ed Cooley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
VinceCauteroJr. added age 49 Providence Friars

22
30 8
Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 49 Xavier Musketeers

23
42 80
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 62 Kansas State Wildcats

24
61 90
Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 64 Tennessee Volunteers  

25
30 22
Dan Hurley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Dan Hurley age 45

Rhode Island Rams

26
23 15
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 58

Auburn Tigers

27
38 74
Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 48 Baylor Bears

28
37 74
Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 70 Florida State Seminoles

29
27 43
Chris Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 34

Northwestern Wildcats

30
12 6
Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Chris Beard

Texas Tech Red Raiders

31
25 29
Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 63

Houston Cougars

32
21 20
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 47

Arizona State Sun Devils

33
27 58
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
txmcvf added age 52

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

34
24 25
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 56

Georgetown Hoyas

35
20 20
Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 53

Alabama Crimson Tide

36
21 24
Bryce Drew is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 44

Vanderbilt Commodores

37
27 58
Fran McCaffery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
robinsontravis78 added age 59 Iowa Hawkeyes

38
38 90
Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 54 UCLA Bruins

39
14 20
Ben Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 48

Northern Iowa Panthers

40
14 21
Larry Krystkowiak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 54

Utah Utes

41
6 8
Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
1523023242771 added Nate Oats

Buffalo Bulls

42
16 23
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 55

St. John's Red Storm

43
11 16
Andy Enfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Andy Enfield age 49

USC Trojans

44
17 29
Steve Prohm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 44

Iowa State Cyclones

45
11 18
Ben Howland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 61

Mississippi State Bulldogs

46
15 47
Josh Pastner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 41

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

47
6 19
Greg Gard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Greg Gard

Wisconsin Badgers

48
3 13
Tim Jankovich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Tim Jankovich age 59

SMU Mustangs

49
2 29
Lorenzo Romar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 60

Pepperdine Waves

50
1 25
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 47

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