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Keith Appling

Great Coaches? Don't Ever Count Out Tom Izzo

Great Coaches? Don't Ever Count Out Tom Izzo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Using the Jeff Jacobs eyeball metric, a metric not nearly as scientific as FiveThirtyEight over at ESPN, Rick Pitino is the best game manager in college basketball.

Of course, when I wrote that three years ago, Jim Calhoun opened a postgame UConn press conference to take umbrage and state that Jim Boeheim is actually the best coach in college basketball.

After Virginia's Tony Bennett was named USBWA coach of the year, Pitino bit hard on his lip the other day and said John Calipari of Kentucky deserved the honor.

And using its own precise formula to determine the best...