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
Mike Krzyzewski age 71 - Duke Blue Devils

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282 186
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
bigulcards added Jay Wright age 57 - Villanova Wildcats

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281 276
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
John Beilein age 65 - Michigan Wolverines

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248 305
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Bill Self age 56 - Kansas Jayhawks

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282 308
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Roy Williams age 68 - North Carolina Tar Heels

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286 358
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Izzo age 63 - Michigan State Spartans

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185 194
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Mark Few age 56 - Gonzga Bulldogs

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193 210
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Bob Huggins age 65 - West Virginia Mountaineers

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189 271
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Jim Boeheim age 74 - Syracuse Orange

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215 299
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
John Calipari age 59 - Kentucky Wildcats

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103 106
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Gregg Marshall age 55 - Wichita State Shockers

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139 113
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Tony Bennett age 49 - Virginia Cavaliers

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111 184
Shaka Smart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Shaka Smart age 41 - Texas Longhorns

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78 105
Buzz Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Buzz Williams age 46 - Virginia Tech Hokies

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67 83
Greg McDermott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Greg McDermott age 54 - Creighton Bluejays

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63 86
Jim LarraƱaga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Jim LarraƱaga age 69 - Miami Hurricanes

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20 2
Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Chris Mack age 49 - Xavier Musketeers

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80 139
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added Sean Miller age 50 - Arizona Wildcats

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46 46
Ed Cooley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
VinceCauteroJr. added Ed Cooley age 49 - Providence Friars

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49 53
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Archie Miller age 40 - Indiana Hoosiers

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61 61
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
millerump18 added Frank Martin age 52 - South Carolina Gamecocks  

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49 67
Dana Altman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Dana Altman age 60 - Oregon Ducks

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53 81
Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rick Barnes age 64 - Tennessee Volunteers  

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34 70
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added Bruce Weber age 62 - Kansas State Wildcats

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24 15
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

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24 33
Chris Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Chris Collins age 34 - Northwestern Wildcats

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34 65
Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Scott Drew age 48 - Baylor Bears

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21 20
Kelvin Sampson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Kelvin Sampson age 63 - Houston Cougars

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23 45
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
txmcvf added Danny Manning age 52 - Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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34 68
Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Leonard Hamilton age 70 - Florida State Seminoles

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13 10
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added Bruce Pearl age 58 - Auburn Tigers

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6 2
Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Chris Beard Texas Tech Red Raiders

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35 76
Steve Alford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Steve Alford age 54 - UCLA Bruins

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15 15
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added Chris Mullin age 55 - St. John's Red Storm

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17 18
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added Patrick Ewing age 56 - Georgetown Hoyas

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24 49
Fran McCaffery is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
robinsontravis78 added Fran McCaffery age 59 - Iowa Hawkeyes

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16 17
Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added Avery Johnson age 53 - Alabama Crimson Tide

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12 15
Ben Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Ben Jacobson age 48 - Northern Iowa Panthers

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17 19
Bryce Drew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Bryce Drew age 44 - Vanderbilt Commodores

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15 17
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Bobby Hurley age 47 - Arizona State Sun Devils

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10 17
Larry Krystkowiak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Larry Krystkowiak age 54 - Utah Utes

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7 10
Andy Enfield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Andy Enfield age 49 - USC Trojans

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Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
1523023242771 added Nate Oats Buffalo Bulls

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Steve Prohm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Steve Prohm age 44 - Iowa State Cyclones

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Josh Pastner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added Josh Pastner age 41 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Ben Howland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Ben Howland age 61 - Mississippi State Bulldogs

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2 8
Tim Jankovich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Tim Jankovich age 59 - SMU Mustangs

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4 12
Greg Gard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Greg Gard Wisconsin Badgers

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1 17
John Groce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
John Groce age 47 - Akron Zips

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1 22
Lorenzo Romar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Lorenzo Romar age 60 - Pepperdine Waves