Highest Paid Coaches in NCAA Basketball

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I think that everyone can agree that becoming an athlete or a team coach for a professional or semi professional sport not only pays tremendously well but can sometimes seem like it’s a little too much. But what exactly is the level of too much pay and who exactly has had the highest numbers as a NCAA coach?

Anyone can speculate who was the best coach out of the available teams but there is no speculating on who had the highest pay out of all of the NCAA coaches. Below are a list of some of the most highest paid coaches in the league and when you see the numbers it just may blow your mind. Every single one of these people make more than the President of our United States.

The highest ever paid coach in the NCAA is John Calipari, who is the coach for the college basketball team of University of Kentucky. John Calipari has a whopping total pay of $6,356,756 with a maximum bonus of $50,000. Yes you read that right. It’s no wonder why Calipari has been with the team since the 2009-2010 season.

The second highest paid coach in the NCAA is Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K coaches for Duke University basketball team and has a whopping pay of $6,043,979 with it no maximum bonus. Coach K has been coaching since the 1980s when he took over the team and since then has won 960 games, but in total, 1033 career games.

The third highest paid coach is Rick Pitino, who coaches for the Louisville Cardinals, has had a 30 year coaching career and has led his team to the NCAA tournament 12 times. coach Pitino has had 737 victories in his career. Rick Pitino’s total pay as a NCAA coach is $6,004,529 with a max bonus pay of $775,000.

Bill Self, coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, has been with the team since 2003 and since then has earned his total pay of $4,955,186 with a maximum bonus of $525,000.Coach Self has led his team to 12 consecutive NCAA tournaments where they ended up in the final four two different times and he ended up winning everything in 2008.

Another high paid coach is Tom Izzo, who happens to be Michigan State’s basketball coach. Coach Izzo has had his career for over 20 years and stayed in one spot the whole time bringing his team to the NCAA tournament 18 different times. Izzo also made sure his team made it to the final four 7 different times, winning in 2000. Tom Izzo’s pay in total is $4,006,955 with a max bonus of $350,000. With a career like his, it is a surprise to see such a lower pay compared to the above mentioned coaches.

Sean Miller, Coach of the Arizona Wildcats sense 2009, has a total pay of $3,484,500 and a max bonus pay of $1,260,000. Miller has led the Wildcats to 3 Pac- 12 season crowns as well as one NCAA tournament title.I don’t think Coach Miller will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Ohio state basketball coach Thad Matta, took over the buckeyes in 2004 and since then has gotten the team to win five Big Ten season crowns, four conference tournaments, and two final four achievements. With a beautiful career like this it is no wonder why Matta has a total pay of $3,372,000 with a maximum bonus of $410,000.

Imagine what your life could have been if you decided to become a basketball coach, which is obviously not for everyone. These are only seven out of the very many coaches out there between the NCAA, NFL, NBA and any other semi major or major league team. They better keep up the good work otherwise we can expect to see them disappear fast.

The Best NCAA Tournament Basketball Players Of All-Time

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The Top Ten Players in NCAA Tournament History. 

The hardest task any serious and objective basketball analyst could ever accomplish is ranking the court kings of the NCAA since its conception. I have done thorough research on looking up NCAA statistics dating as early as the tournament began getting any serious traction. I have also sampled what the fan base has always felt about particular players and the adversities these big talents had to endure to select the best of the best. Here are my ten picks in descending order:

10. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
This kid was phenomenal. His individual performance and personality solidified his team and inspired it. He scored an average of 32 points for every game he played and 13 rebounds. He epitomized solo performance as is the all-time NCAA top scorer.

9. David Thompson, North Carolina State
Popularly known as “Skywalker,” this college kid did the impossible; he singlehandedly brought the UCLA seven-year championship streak to a dramatic end. The UCLA were a superb team and sometimes beat phenomenal teams using psychological warfare. David refused to bow down to their dominance and inspired his team to put up a fight successfully. In that memorable game, he clinched 28 points after coming out of the hospital. He had been injured during the quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.

8. Danny Manning, Kansas
This guy was the 1987 overall NBA draft number one pick. His team was also referred to as “Danny and the Miracles” for a long time after it won the 1988 national championship. Kansas will never forget this guy but neither will all basketball fans. He propelled the Jayhawks to championships at the finals by scoring 31 points and making sneaky steals and aggressive blocks that frustrated Oklahoma and secured their narrow win.

7. Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
The incredible stats for this NCAA legend have earned him the number seven slot on this list. They include but are not limited to:
• Average of more than 20 points for his three years of the NCAA games
• Buckeye all-time record for rebounds
• Two-times pick as Final Four NCAA Most Outstanding Player

6. Earvin Johnson, Michigan State
Earvin was nicknamed “Magic” for a reason. He had a personality that ignited his fans and his teammates. He brought passion to the game inspiring teamwork from his colleagues through exceptional individual performance. He led his team to the 1979 national finals. The game was electrifying to an extent it stands as the most-watched NCAA game of all time. He was named the Most Outstanding Player because of creative and selfless passes.

5. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
In 1982, a freshman gave Michael Jordan a major headache during a championship game. Patrick shocked the Tar Heels by scoring 23 points despite his youth and inexperience. He led his Georgetown team to two more finals and won them. He was 1984’s most outstanding Player.

4. Bill Walton, UCLA
Bill earns the number four slot because:
• He steered the UCLA to 88 consecutive wins
• He was named Most Outstanding Player twice consecutively
• He scored 21 out of 22 total shots in the 1973 finals

3. Bill Russell, San Francisco
This guy almost made basketball unfair with his dominance. In a bid to make it impossible for a single player to stop an entire team from scoring, the NCAA had to change rules after he left college. In the 1956 title game, he grabbed 27 boards bringing his tally rebound to 50 during the final four games that year. The defender scored an odd average of 20 points per game and won the most coveted annual NCAA individual title that year.

2. Christian Laettner, Duke
He is responsible for the most memorable play of all-time at the NCAA games. He scored a total of 407 points in 23 games. The list just goes on

1. Lew Alcindor, UCLA
Lew is the best of the best of the best for two reasons:
• Earned the title Most Outstanding Player three times in a row
• He compelled the NCAA to ban the dunk for being too good at it

The Top 5 College Basketball Teams for the 2016-17 Season

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As college football season slowly works towards the end, all eyes have turned to basketball with tournaments underway all around the country. Here is a preview of some of the top teams that college basketball will showcase this season.

Indiana Hoosiers

Coming off of an impressive 2015-16 season which included a Big 10 championship and an appearance in the Sweet 16, the Indiana Hoosiers will look to repeat their success while maintaining most of their core. Although they did lose a large piece of their offensive production in the sensational Yogi Farrell, the Hoosiers will return Troy Williams as well as James Blackmon Jr to the lineup and try to defend their Big 10 title. Moreover, keep an eye out for Thomas Bryant who was pivotal in the teams run through the NCAA Tournament last season. Ultimately, Tom Crean wasn’t able to put together as competitive of a recruiting class as he had liked, but the 17th overall list should provide some depth for the Hoosiers.

Arizona Wildcats

Unfortunately, Sean Miller’s legacy at Arizona has been one of great success that has ultimately fell short of providing the ultimate prize to the University of Arizona. A prime example is last year, when the Wildcats came off of back to back Elite Eight appearances only to lose in the first round of the 2016 tournament. However, Miller was able to put together the sixth best recruiting class in the nation for the upcoming season, as well as benefit from Allonzo Trier staying in Tucson for one more year. The Wildcats will surely be put through the ringer in Pac-12 play, however will be battle-tested come March.

Kentucky Wildcats

Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. This is where John Calipari has thrived in recent memory as the head coach at Kentucky, and the story is the same this year as he once again landed himself at the top of the ESPN recruiting list. Despite losing loads of underclassmen talent including Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis, this news is nothing new to the Wildcats as reloading has become a key trend in the program’s success over the years. Moreover, Isiah Briscoe will return and provide Big Blue Nation with some veteran leadership as they strive to greatness once more.

Duke Blue Devils

Success breeds tradition in college basketball, and no one has had more success than Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils. Although they did lose a primary scoring option in Brandon Ingram to the NBA, the Blue Devils do return sophomore guard Grayson Allen as well as reload with two of the top players out of the ESPN Top 100 recruiting class. These commitments have landed Duke as the second highest ranked recruiting class for the upcoming season, and situate them to find themselves in the Final Four once again. This is not to mention they play in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

North Carolina Tar Heels

College basketball analysts have established the Tar Heels as the most all around built team in the country in the early going. After literally falling seconds short of another NCAA title in last year’s championship game, the Tar Heels did lose a lot of production in the offseason due to the departures of both Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige. However, Roy Williams and company will have to rely on veterans Kennedy Meeks and Isiah Hicks to repeat the teams recent success. And really, having to depend on those two for offensive output is a problem that most coaches in the country would probably ask for.

2016 NCAA Basketball Season Predictions

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Many things are anticipated before the 2016-2017 college basketball. Before the season starts, it is a good chance for all gamblers to analyze their favorite teams and make predictions on fixtures that will be taking place as the season kicks off. The biggest drama of who is going pro and who is coming back is yet to happen too. This is a real challenge to all underclassmen to test their skills in the NBA draft. It is going to be an incredible season as events continue to unfold before the start of date. For any real fan, it is the time to start catching up with the latest news about all happenings in transfers and team preparations. Here are some predictions on NCAA teams;

Duke Blue Devils

Having endured a tough 2015-2016 season plagued by injuries and inconsistency in performance, the Blue Devils are looking for a better campaign. The team has shown a great form in the recent national championship. Two of their top players, Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum were among the best-rated players in the last season. The coach is anticipating the two players will have a significant influence on the rest of teammates. Few players have also rejoined the team to strengthen the squad. There is a strong reinforcement after Amile Jefferson who missed the last campaign was given the medical redshirt. He is expected to be on the team this time round.

Kentucky Wildcats

Under their first spell with a new coach, John Calipari, the Wildcats reached NCAA regional final. The performance was fantastic throughout the season. A top rated signing has been made to add strength and new tactics to the squad. The Wildcats are a team to watch because they look more prepared and strong in this starting season.

Villanova Wildcats

The 2015-2016 season was a great one for this team having reached the finals in National Championship. They set a record of 35-5 as well. The freshly crowned champions will have a hard time trying to find perfect replacements for their two wingers who will be leaving. Nevertheless, the remaining team is strong enough to fill the gaps that will be left. The talents from Josh Hart and Omari Spellman will be vital in the center. The two bring in creativity, sharpness, and speed in the heart of the play. They will play an important role in helping the team defend their trophy. If you want a team that will not disappoint, this is one to watch.

North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels finished as the first runners-up in National Championship with a record of 33-7. The team still looks strong to defend their place even after losing three key players at the end of the season. They are bringing in a whole group of freshmen with some top prospects. It is a significant boost to the remaining team members. With much practice, the team will go to same heights as the 2015-2016 season.

Louisville Cardinals

Despite losing top players in graduate transfers, Louisville is expected to bounce back. The two players were very influential in their 2015 campaign helping them get a record of 23-8. Even after a self-imposing after season ban, the team looks ready to challenge in the NCAA Champion like it has done many times before.

Kansas Jayhawks

The Hawks did not enjoy a very successful campaign as they had anticipated at the start. They got a record 33-5 last season. Top scorers Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham will be back to give the team more strength forward. Several top players have joined the side and are expected to improve general performance in all positions played.
These are just but a few teams in the NCAA that look promising. Predictions have been made by experts on their results and possible lineups. Ensure you keep updated and win your bets.