12. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
Lon Kruger has coached six different teams, but he wins everywhere he goes. Since 1987, teams coached by Kruger have made the NCAA Tournament 19 times, including Final Four runs for Florida in 1994 and Oklahoma in 2016.
11. Rick Barnes, Tennessee
Another perennially underrated coach is Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, who put together a long run of success at Texas before getting fired in 2015 for failing to take the Longhorns to the next level. Texas’ loss was Tennessee’s gain as Barnes has turned the Volunteers into an SEC powerhouse over the last two years.
10. Tony Bennett, Virginia
Tony Bennett has become one of the biggest names on the coaching landscape in the past 15 years, going from a first-time coach at Washington State to the leader of an ACC powerhouse in Virginia. The Cavaliers have become a dominant regular season team under Bennett, but their failures to get deep in March are problematic.
9. Mark Few, Gonzaga
Mark Few has done a remarkable job of basically taking Gonzaga out of the mid-major conversation, turning a small West Coast Conference school into a national powerhouse. The Bulldogs have started going deeper into March Madness on a consistent basis, but until the Zags win a title Few will be stuck towards the bottom of the top 10.