Mark Few is one of our coaches named a Naismith Coach of the Year finalist. He joins Scott Drew (Baylor), Juwan Howard (Michigan), and Nate Oats (Alabama).
It is hard to argue with any of the four coaches to win the award. This season, Mark Few has done wonders with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. He led the Zags to their first-ever unbeaten regular season in program history. The Zags earned their first overall No. 1 seed in school history, and they became the fifth team to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana in 1975-76. The Zags also were the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to be ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll for every week throughout the season.
Obviously, the rest of the coaches have plenty of claim to the title. Scott Drew led the Baylor Bears to their first regular season conference championship since 1950. Juwan Howard, in just his second year, helped lead the Wolverines to a No. 1 seed. Nate Oats has perhaps done the best job, turning last season’s 16-15 record into a 24-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The winner of the award will be announced on April 2.