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
370 293
Jay Wright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
bigulcards added age 57 Villanova Wildcats

3
373 357
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 65 Michigan Wolverines

4
370 411
Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 68 North Carolina Tar Heels

5
358 434
Tom Izzo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 63 Michigan State Spartans

6
246 247
Mark Few is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 56 Gonzga Bulldogs

7
299 386
Bill Self is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 56 Kansas Jayhawks

8
198 155
Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 49 Virginia Cavaliers

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244 333
Jim Boeheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 74 Syracuse Orange

10
280 377
John Calipari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 59 Kentucky Wildcats

11
230 263
Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 65 West Virginia Mountaineers

12
133 146
Gregg Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 55 Wichita State Shockers

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47 23
Chris Mack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 49 Xavier Musketeers

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101 144
Buzz Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 46 Virginia Tech Hokies

15
83 85
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
millerump18 added age 52 South Carolina Gamecocks
 

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60 39
Mike Brey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 59

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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130 229
Shaka Smart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 41 Texas Longhorns

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77 90
Archie Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 40

Indiana Hoosiers

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76 116
Jim Larrañaga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 69 Miami Hurricanes

20
81 102
Rick Barnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 64 Tennessee Volunteers  

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100 173
Sean Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 50 Arizona Wildcats

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73 111
Greg McDermott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 54 Creighton Bluejays

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30 14
Chris Beard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Chris Beard

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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56 69
Ed Cooley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
VinceCauteroJr. added age 49 Providence Friars

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44 37
Jamie Dixon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 53 Pitt Panthers

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56 92
Dana Altman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 60 Oregon Ducks

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20 9
Matt Painter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added Matt Painter age 48 Purdue Boilermakers

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34 27
Bobby Hurley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 47

Arizona State Sun Devils

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38 32
Dan Hurley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added Dan Hurley age 45

Rhode Island Rams

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34 28
Bruce Pearl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 58

Auburn Tigers

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25 19
Randy Bennett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 56 Saint Mary's Gaels

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22 18
Bob McKillop is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 68 Davidson Wildcats

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46 95
Bruce Weber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
wiabux added age 62 Kansas State Wildcats

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31 32
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 56

Georgetown Hoyas

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27 28
Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Rusty Shackelford added age 53

Alabama Crimson Tide

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31 49
Chris Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 34

Northwestern Wildcats

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42 81
Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 70 Florida State Seminoles

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22 23
Lon Kruger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 66

Oklahoma Sooners

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4 0
Brad Brownell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 50

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12 11
Nate Oats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
lowec added Nate Oats

Buffalo Bulls

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10 10
Ron Hunter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 54

Georgia State Panthers

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11 12
Billy Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 54

Texas A&M Aggies

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3 1
Mike Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added Mike Anderson

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37 81
Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
age 48 Baylor Bears

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16 20
Ben Howland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 61

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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3 2
Dave Rose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 61

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8 9
Rick Stansbury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 59

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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10 12
Tommy Amaker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 53

Harvard Crimson

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10 12
Kermit Davis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
TRENT13 added age 59

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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22 29
Bryce Drew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current College Basketball Coaches
Tom Derr added age 44

Vanderbilt Commodores