On today's episode of the Barstool Bench Mob, it's a "pick and roll" episode. With Marty on the road via the High Noon Hard Seltzer Tour, Rico and I caught up on all of the news and notes around college basketball. Thee Big East-Big 12 Battle matchups were set, an awesome December quadruple-header in Brooklym was announced, the Big Sky gets a new TV deal, and much more.
In addition to all of that, we ended the show with a pair of questions... which college basketball coach is in need of his first NCAA Title, and who could use another to improve their resume? Rico and I compiled a list for both questions, and our combined answers are below.
Coaches Who Could Use Their First NCAA Title
- Mark Few (Gonzaga)
- Bob Huggins (West Virginia)
- Shaka Smart (Marquette)
- Dana Altman (Oregon)
- Mick Cronin (UCLA)
Coaches Who Could Use Another NCAA Title
- Tom Izzo (Michigan State)
- John Calipari (Kentucky)
- Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
- Bill Self (Kansas)
What do you think of our picks? Clearly, the top choice for each of the categories are Mark Few and Tom Izzo, respectively. Everyone thought that this would be Gonzaga's year, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they came up just one game short. Coach Few does have number one recruit Chet Holmgren coming in this upcoming season, so maybe he was the piece they were missing in order to cut down the nets in 2022.
As for Coach Izzo and Michigan State, 2000 was the last time that he and the Spartans won the NCAA Tournament. In fact, we are still waiting for a Big Ten team in general to win it all, as that hasn't happened in 21 years and counting. Izzo has made a handful of Final Fours since then, but is still looking to take the green and white back to the top of the mountain.