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And Now, A Moment of Sobriety

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Joe Lunardi may like the Horns, but his colleague at ESPN, Peter Tiernan, gives us reason to pause.

I crunched the numbers, and here are the tourney records of active coaches with seven or more decisions in games where the seeding difference is no more than two positions:
  1. Roy Williams, 13-5 (.722)
  2. Jim Boeheim, 10-4 (.714)
  3. Rick Pitino, 7-3 (.700)
  4. Steve Fisher, 6-3 (.667)
  5. Mike Krzyzewski, 16-9 (.640)
  6. Tubby Smith, Tom Davis -- both 4-3 (.571)
  7. Eddie Sutton, Jim Calhoun -- both 6-5 (.545)
  8. Gary Williams, 5-5 (.500)
  9. Bob Knight, 6-8 (.429), Lon Kruger, 3-4 (.429)
  10. Lute Olson, 7-11 (.389)
14. Rick Barnes, 1-7 (.125)

Wells may be surprised, but most of us aren't. Given two roughly equal teams, coaching makes the biggest difference. Rick Barnes clearly has some work to do.

--PB--