November 10, 2009

Preseason power rankings: Head coaches

The opposing coaches in last season's NCAA championship game find themselves in a familiar position at the start of this season.

As the leader of the reigning national champions, North Carolina's Roy Williams is the No. 1 coach in the preseason edition of the College Basketball Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top performers at each position.

Williams is followed by Michigan State's Tom Izzo, who led the Spartans to back-to-back upsets of Louisville and Connecticut on their way to the national championship game.

The power rankings measure career achievement as well as a coach's most recent results. Six of the top seven coaches on our list have won at least one national title. UCLA's Ben Howland checks in at No. 5 and qualifies as the highest-ranked coach without a national championship.

  1. Roy Williams, North Carolina
  2. Tom Izzo, Michigan State
  3. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
  4. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut
  5. Ben Howland, UCLA
  6. Bill Self, Kansas
  7. Rick Pitino, Louisville
  8. John Calipari, Kentucky
  9. Jay Wright, Villanova
10. Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
11. John Beilein, Michigan
12. Matt Painter, Purdue
13. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
14. Mike Montgomery, California
15. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
16. Jeff Capel, Oklahoma
17. Lorenzo Romar, Washington
18. Bruce Weber, Illinois
19. Sean Miller, Arizona
20. Rick Barnes, Texas
21. Billy Donovan, Florida
22. Tubby Smith, Minnesota
23. Thad Matta, Ohio State
24. Trent Johnson, LSU
25. Gary Williams, Maryland

Steve Megargee is a national writer for He can be reached at

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