2016 March Madnesss: Best Coaches in NCAA Tournament

2016 March Madnesss: Best Coaches in NCAA Tournament

Earlier this morning, I was digging through our historical archive and was surprised to see that Michigan’s John Beilein had been the most profitable head coach to bet on against the spread (ATS) during the NCAA Tournament. Although Beilein had success during his time at West Virginia and Michigan, he doesn’t have the same type of name recognition as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo or Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

While Beilein has been the most profitable coach for tournament bettors, Villanova’s Jay Wright (7-14 ATS) and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey (3-9 ATS) have been on the other side of the spectrum. Oklahoma’s Lon Krueger (4-8 ATS) has historically underperformed as well, which is particularly interesting given the Sooners performance against the spread this season.

There will be twenty head coaches making their NCAA Tournament debut, while four coaches (Kevin Ollie, Cuonzo Martin, Andy Enfield and Bill Kennedy) will be putting their unblemished record at risk this week. The table below displays the NCAA Tournament ATS records for all 68 head coaches (ATS records go back to 2005 ONLY):

COACHSchoolWINSLOSSESPercentage
John CalipariKentucky241857.14%
Roy WilliamsNorth Carolina171454.84%
Tom IzzoMichigan State171454.84%
Sean MillerArizona16866.67%
Bill SelfKansas161748.48%
Mike KrzyzewskiDuke151451.72%
John BeileinMichigan13476.47%
Matt PainterPurdue10566.67%
Jim BoeheimSyracuse101050.00%
Bob HugginsWest Virginia9660.00%
Mark FewGonzaga91340.91%
Shaka SmartTexas9375.00%
Gregg MarshallWichita State9564.29%
Chris MackXavier8280.00%
Jay WrightVillanova71433.33%
Kevin OllieConnecticut60100.00%
Jamie DixonPittsburgh61233.33%
Dana AltmanOregon6275.00%
Scott DrewBaylor6746.15%
Mark TurgeonMaryland6650.00%
Frank MartinSouth Carolina5455.56%
Tony BennettVirginia5645.45%
Archie MillerDayton5271.43%
Mick CronisCincinnati4450.00%
Tubby SmithTexas Tech4450.00%
Fran McCafferyIowa4450.00%
Ben JacobsonNorthern Iowa4266.67%
Tom CreanIndiana4736.36%
Lon KruegerOklahoma4833.33%
Kevin StallingsVanderbilt4450.00%
Larry KrystkowiakUtah3260.00%
Mike BreyNotre Dame3925.00%
Fran DunphyTemple3537.50%
Cuonzo MartinCalifornia30100.00%
Andy EnfieldUSC30100.00%
Frank HaithTulsa2250.00%
Billy KennedyTexas A&M20100.00%
Ed CooleyProvidence1150.00%
Steve ProhmIowa State1150.00%
Randy RaheWeber State1150.00%
Stephen F. AustinBrad Underwood1233.33%
Wayne TinkleOregon State1233.33%
Tad BoyleColorado1325.00%
Kermit DavisMiddle Tennessee010.00%
Phil MartelliSaint Joseph's020.00%
Edward JoynerHampton010.00%
Tim CluessIona020.00%
Scott NagySouth Dakota State020.00%
Nick McDevittUNC Asheville00N/A
Greg HerendaFairleigh Dckinson00N/A
Roman BanksSouthern00N/A
Kevin KeattsUNC Wilmington00N/A
Nate OatsBuffalo00N/A
Bill CarmodyHoly Cross00N/A
Linc DarnerWisconsin-Green Bay00N/A
Dave LoosAusin Peay00N/A
Eran GanotHawaii00N/A
Rodney TerryFresno State00N/A
Joe DooleyFlorida Gulf Coast00N/A
Steve PikiellStony Brook00N/A
Will WadeVCU00N/A
Kevin WillardSeton Hall00N/A
Chris BeardArkansas-Little Rock00N/A
Greg GardWisconsin00N/A
Matt McCallChattanooga00N/A
Rod BarnesCal State Bakersfield00N/A
Chris HoltmannButler00N/A
James JonesYale00N/A

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David Solar is the Content Manager for Sports Insights and can be reached directly at David@SportsInsights.com


David Solar

David is the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He specializes in sports betting analytics and creating data-driven betting systems.

4 Comments
  • Dan
    March 15, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Martelli’s stats are not correct. Are you including Dunphy’s record at Penn?

  • Jimbo
    March 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    How can a coach that hasn’t won a title have wins and no losses? They had to have lost at some point right? Am I missing something?

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