By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 8, 2014
It is almost impossible to believe, but the 2013-14 college basketball season is over. If you're a March Madness fan, you were in for a treat this year as you saw the lowest-seeded championship game of all-time. Many studs will be moving on to brighter pastures in the NBA, and many college teams will stock up for 2015. Let's take a look at Kevin Ollie and the other top five coaches of this past season.
At 45 years old, Sean Miller is becoming one of the best young coaches in college basketball. Since becoming a college coach in 2004, Miller has won 73 percent of his games. Although Arizona did not get past the Elite Eight this year, it was safe to say that it was a successful season for the Wildcats. If Brandon Ashley did not tear a ligament in his foot, the Wildcats could have been the ones hoisting the national championship trophy.
At 66 years old, it took Bo Ryan a while to get to his first Final Four. Behind Frank Kaminsky, the Badgers were a force to be reckoned with. Wisconsin beat Arizona in the Elite Eight, and they lost to Kentucky on a last-second go-ahead shot by Aaron Harrison. Kaminsky has said he will return for the 2014-15 season, and the Badgers will be championship favorites for next year's tournament.
Many will ridicule Gregg Marshall and this Wichita State team for playing an easy schedule. The fact of the matter is that this team won 35 straight games before losing to a really good Kentucky team in the Round of 32. Shocker fans love Marshall because he is loyal. Marshall hasn't shown any interest in leaving Wichita State in the future.
In my opinion, Billy Donovan is the most underrated coach in all of college basketball. Playing in the SEC conference, Donovan doesn't get as much recognition as coaches in the Big Ten get. Donovan's team this past season was an intriguing one. A bunch of seniors returned for a national championship run. That dream fell short after losing to a hot UConn team, but this team was a fun one to watch.
There wasn't a team in all of college basketball that saw a full-360 more than the Kentucky Wildcats. The young Wildcats started the season on top of the AP poll, but they dropped out of the Top 25 rankings in the middle of the year. Kentucky always had the potential to make a run in the tournament, but they were extremely inexperienced. Something clicked in the NCAA tournament, and that starts with John Calipari.
Did you really expect it to be anyone else? I can't say enough about Kevin Ollie. The second-year head coach had no coaching experience before being given the job in 2012. Replacing Jim Calhoun was no easy task, but Ollie showed that he is something special. This UConn team had nothing to play for in the 2012-13 season, and many people don't realize that. Ollie made the most of his first appearance in the tournament this year by winning it all.
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