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Ranking the Big Ten Basketball Coaches Heading Into 2014-15

Ranking the Big Ten Basketball Coaches

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The college basketball season is about a week from being over. Next season, the Big Ten will add two more teams and the conference will get very interesting. I thought now would be the perfect time to introduce those new teams' coaches in a ranking of the head coaches in the conference.

Let's take a look at the ranking of the Big Ten basketball coaches, 1-14. Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of them.

14. Eddie Jordan, Rutgers

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14. Eddie Jordan, Rutgers

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Eddie Jordan didn't fare well in his first collegiate head coaching season with Rutgers in 2013-14, but he took over a struggling program. He coached nine seasons in the NBA, but only made it past the first round in the playoffs one time.

Career record: 12-21 (one season)

13. Chris Collins, Northwestern

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13. Chris Collins, Northwestern

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Chris Collins spent time learning how to be a head coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and finally got a shot with Northwestern this season. He didn't fare too well, record-wise, but he has proven he could be the coach to bring Northwestern to its first NCAA Tournament even in the upcoming years.

Career record: 14-19 (one season)

12. Pat Chambers, Penn State

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12. Pat Chambers, Penn State

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Pat Chambers is a fiery personality. Even though his Penn State Nittany Lions have struggled in recent years and haven't been to an NCAA Tournament since 2011, he is a well-respected coach for a program on the way up.

Career record: 79-85 (37-57 with Penn State)

11. Richard Pitino, Minnesota

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11. Richard Pitino, Minnesota

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Richard Pitino is the son of Louisville head coach and college coaching legend, Rick Pitino. The younger Pitino led the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a very solid season, just missing the NCAA Tournament. He currently has the Gophers in the Final Four of the 2014 NIT.

Career record: 41-27 (23-13 at Minnesota)

10. John Groce, Illinois

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10. John Groce, Illinois

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John Groce, like Pat Chambers and many other Big Ten coaches, is a very intense coach. Players listen to him because he is very knowledgeable, but he is a year or two away from turning Illinois from an average program to a top-tier Big Ten program. He needs to start by recruiting top Chicago talent instead of letting it go out of state.

Career record: 127-84 (43-28 with Illinois)

9. Mark Turgeon, Maryland

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9. Mark Turgeon, Maryland

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Mark Turgeon will be entering his first season with Maryland in the Big Ten. It will be interesting to see how the head coach fares in his fifth conference. He has had a winning conference record in each of the conferences he has been part of -- except for one. He has made the NCAA Tournament in five of his past nine seasons, making the Sweet 16 just once.

Career record: 310-202 (59-43 at Maryland)

8. Tim Miles, Nebraska

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8. Tim Miles, Nebraska

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Tim Miles is completely changing the culture are Nebraska. Before this season, I wouldn't have even considered him in the top-eight, but he has proven me, and many others, wrong. He has been the head coach of Nebraska for just two seasons, but has already led them to an NCAA Tournament appearance -- the program's first since 1998.

Career record: 313-249 (34-31)

7. Fran McCaffery, Iowa

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7. Fran McCaffery, Iowa

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Give Fran another year or two at Iowa and he will definitely rise up this list. As one of the main reasons the program has completely turned around since the Todd Lickliter years, McCaffery has brought the 2013-14 Hawkeyes to their first NCAA Tournament since 2006. This program will be scary-good in a few years.

Career record: 325-240 (74-63 at Iowa)

6. Matt Painter, Purdue

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6. Matt Painter, Purdue

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Matt Painter seems to be a forgotten coach at Purdue, but he has been one of the most consistent coaches in the Big Ten. From the 2006-07 season to the 2011-12 season, Painter put together six consecutive 20-plus win seasons. He still has yet to get past the Sweet 16, however.

Career record: 216-117 (191-112 at Purdue)

5. Tom Crean, Indiana

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5. Tom Crean, Indiana

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Tom Crean might not get the respect he deserves from the rest of the Big Ten just yet because of his mediocre record since taking over as Indiana's coach, but he is a genius. Although some of his seasons have looked extremely poor, he took over a depleted team and turned them into a 25-plus win team in just over three seasons.

Career record: 291-193 (101-97 at Indiana)

4. Thad Matta, Ohio State

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4. Thad Matta, Ohio State

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Thad Matta is about as consistent as they come in the college basketball realm. He would be higher on this list had he made a deeper run with Ohio State this season. Matta, the 10th-year head coach, has led Ohio State to eight NCAA Tournament and two Final Fours.

Career record: 377-114 (275-83 at Ohio State)

3. John Beilein, Michigan

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3. John Beilein, Michigan

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John Beilein is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the best college basketball coaches in the nation. Any coach that can lead a Michigan team that hadn't made the NCAA Tournament in a decade in 2007-08 to a national runner-up in 2012-13 deserves a top-three spot on this list.

Career record: 625-368 (149-93 at Michigan)

2. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin

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2. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin

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Bo Ryan is the second-best coach in the Big Ten, in my opinion, and he has been in the Big Ten for the second-longest period of time. It seems like the Badgers are solid every single season and they have made the NCAA Tournament in all 13 of Ryan's seasons at the school. He has never made a Final Four, but he's made six Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eights.

Career record: 703-223 (320-120 at Wisconsin)

1. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

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1. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

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Tom Izzo is a legend in East Lansing, Mich., and pretty close to a legend in the college basketball world. Since taking over at Michigan State, the Spartans have made 17 NCAA Tournaments -- missing it in his first two years -- and six Final Fours. Don't forget his seven Big Ten regular season titles as well as one national title.

Career record: 467-186 (all with Michigan State in 19 seasons)

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