Coach of the Year:
Coach of the Year award is bit hard to determine, especially halfway through the season, but these are the top three candidates in my mind.
- Thad Matta, Ohio State
Matta has led the Buckeyes to a 24-0 start, 2nd best in school history, and the sole remaining unbeaten in the country. This is also the best start for any team in NCAA history after losing the National Player of the Year the previous season. Ohio State might be the most well rounded team in the country, and we should see them playing deep into March.
- Steve Fisher, San Diego St
Fisher has done an amazing job once again at SDSU. In the past few years Fisher has done a great job at SDSU, but this year he has led them to their best start in school history. San Diego State and Ohio State were the last two unbeaten teams in the country before their lone loss at this point in the season was to BYU. SDSU is a very athletic team that could make a lot of noise in the tournament this year.
- Rick Barnes, Texas