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):

COACH School WINS LOSSES Percentage
John Calipari Kentucky 24 18 57.14%
Roy Williams North Carolina 17 14 54.84%
Tom Izzo Michigan State 17 14 54.84%
Sean Miller Arizona 16 8 66.67%
Bill Self Kansas 16 17 48.48%
Mike Krzyzewski Duke 15 14 51.72%
John Beilein Michigan 13 4 76.47%
Matt Painter Purdue 10 5 66.67%
Jim Boeheim Syracuse 10 10 50.00%
Bob Huggins West Virginia 9 6 60.00%
Mark Few Gonzaga 9 13 40.91%
Shaka Smart Texas 9 3 75.00%
Gregg Marshall Wichita State 9 5 64.29%
Chris Mack Xavier 8 2 80.00%
Jay Wright Villanova 7 14 33.33%
Kevin Ollie Connecticut 6 0 100.00%
Jamie Dixon Pittsburgh 6 12 33.33%
Dana Altman Oregon 6 2 75.00%
Scott Drew Baylor 6 7 46.15%
Mark Turgeon Maryland 6 6 50.00%
Frank Martin South Carolina 5 4 55.56%
Tony Bennett Virginia 5 6 45.45%
Archie Miller Dayton 5 2 71.43%
Mick Cronis Cincinnati 4 4 50.00%
Tubby Smith Texas Tech 4 4 50.00%
Fran McCaffery Iowa 4 4 50.00%
Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa 4 2 66.67%
Tom Crean Indiana 4 7 36.36%
Lon Krueger Oklahoma 4 8 33.33%
Kevin Stallings Vanderbilt 4 4 50.00%
Larry Krystkowiak Utah 3 2 60.00%
Mike Brey Notre Dame 3 9 25.00%
Fran Dunphy Temple 3 5 37.50%
Cuonzo Martin California 3 0 100.00%
Andy Enfield USC 3 0 100.00%
Frank Haith Tulsa 2 2 50.00%
Billy Kennedy Texas A&M 2 0 100.00%
Ed Cooley Providence 1 1 50.00%
Steve Prohm Iowa State 1 1 50.00%
Randy Rahe Weber State 1 1 50.00%
Stephen F. Austin Brad Underwood 1 2 33.33%
Wayne Tinkle Oregon State 1 2 33.33%
Tad Boyle Colorado 1 3 25.00%
Kermit Davis Middle Tennessee 0 1 0.00%
Phil Martelli Saint Joseph's 0 2 0.00%
Edward Joyner Hampton 0 1 0.00%
Tim Cluess Iona 0 2 0.00%
Scott Nagy South Dakota State 0 2 0.00%
Nick McDevitt UNC Asheville 0 0 N/A
Greg Herenda Fairleigh Dckinson 0 0 N/A
Roman Banks Southern 0 0 N/A
Kevin Keatts UNC Wilmington 0 0 N/A
Nate Oats Buffalo 0 0 N/A
Bill Carmody Holy Cross 0 0 N/A
Linc Darner Wisconsin-Green Bay 0 0 N/A
Dave Loos Ausin Peay 0 0 N/A
Eran Ganot Hawaii 0 0 N/A
Rodney Terry Fresno State 0 0 N/A
Joe Dooley Florida Gulf Coast 0 0 N/A
Steve Pikiell Stony Brook 0 0 N/A
Will Wade VCU 0 0 N/A
Kevin Willard Seton Hall 0 0 N/A
Chris Beard Arkansas-Little Rock 0 0 N/A
Greg Gard Wisconsin 0 0 N/A
Matt McCall Chattanooga 0 0 N/A
Rod Barnes Cal State Bakersfield 0 0 N/A
Chris Holtmann Butler 0 0 N/A
James Jones Yale 0 0 N/A

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    • Our records indicate that Martelli has gone 0-2 ATS since 2005. Dunphy’s record includes a 2-5 ATS record at Temple and 1-0 record at Penn.

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