College basketball is home to some of the greatest, longest tenured coaches in all of sports. Tenure is something that coaches earn through on-court success, and with coaching tenure comes program stability. Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has held the Blue Devils’ job since the 1980 – 81 season. Coach K has held the all-time wins record for a men’s college basketball coach since 2011, but the major milestone he reached in 2015 (1,000 wins) made us wonder about what other men’s college basketball coaches have the most wins of all time.
Outside Jerry Krause’s suburban Chicago home seven weeks ago, the snow blanketed the backyard and patio. Inside, Krause had been going for an hour and a half at the kitchen table now, an old scout telling the story of a lifetime chase. At 77 years old, his body crumbling because of an excruciating bone disease, Krause could see the end.
I was looking over the past 15 years worth of NCAA Tournaments, trying to see if I was ever as amped for any regional semifinal as I am for this UCLA-Kentucky matchup on Friday night. The answer is a definitive no. And there have been some really good matchups over the years. I’m talking only in terms of the build-up to those games, not how those games played out. Scanning across the past decade and a half, here are some of the matchups from previous years that I remember being particularly geeked for: Indiana-Duke in 2002; UCLA-Gonzaga in 2006; Syracuse-Butler and Kentucky-Cornell in 2010; Kentucky-Indiana in 2012; Michigan-Kansas in 2013; Kentucky-Louisville in 2014. None match my anticipation