(USA Today) – Once a week, USA TODAY Sports asks its network of college basketball experts to analyze the biggest topics.
This week: Who is the best of the Final Four coaches right now?
Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports: I know we have a chunk of Hall of Famers and that Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo and John Calipari have won national titles. But I’ll make a case for the coach without a Division I championship.
Bo Ryan has led Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Fours. Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky are bona-fide superstars, but they wouldn’t be half the players they are without Ryan’s discipline and direction.
Ryan has long orchestrated a smothering defense, and Wisconsin always has been a legit Big Ten threat (the Badgers haven’t finished worse than fourth in the league since Ryan’s been on the sidelines). And now that Ryan’s players have blossomed offensively, this is a Final Four roster. Though Calipari’s toughest task is meshing together a wide array of talent, Ryan’s is growing it. Dekker and Kaminsky weren’t top-10 recruits. Now they’re All-Americans as upperclassmen. That starts with coaching.