Missouri Coach Frank Haith Leads College Basketball Coach Of The Year Odds
With the 2011-12 College Basketball season approaching the final games of the regular season, before one of the most-exciting tournaments in all of sport, teams are in crunch-mode, looking to solidify and stamp their claim for a place among the elite.
There is still a lot of basketball to be played, and coaches need to keep their teams focused and motivated to keep on winning.
And the best coaches in the game this year will be able to do that.
But at the end of the season, only one can be named the coach of the year, with oddsmakers jumping all over the action, installing a number of coaches with odds to win the award, though any one of them would trade it in for a national championship.
At the top of the list this season, even though they lost this week is Missouri Tigers’ head coach Frank Haith.
The Tigers will likely fall out of the top-five next week following a loss to the Texas Longhorns on the road, but are still in line for a potential Big 12 conference title in the regular season with Kansas, and a No.1 seed.
Haith is set as a 5/2 favorite to win Coach of the Year on College Basketball Betting Odds at Bovada Sportsbook.
right behind Hath is a coach that is familiar with winning at his program, and that is Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans are currently ranked No.6 in the country, but were not predicted to be a top-10 team this season.
But Michigan State has shown that they belong, beating Ohio State last week and claiming first place in the Big Ten conference, while also being in line for a top national seed.
And obviously the coach of the No.1 team in the country will be up for the award, and that is Kentuck head coach John Calipari. The Wildcats came into the season as a top favorite, and have just one loss on the season, having been the top-ranked team for the entire month of February.
2012 NCAA Basketball Coach of the Year – Odds to Win
Frank Haith (Missouri Tigers) 5/2
Tom Izzo (Michigan State Spartans) 7/2
John Calipari (Kentucky Wildcats) 5/1
Mike Brey (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) 8/1
Steve Prohm (Murray State Racers) 10/1
Steve Fisher (San Diego State Aztecs) 14/1
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse Orange) 15/1
Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State Cyclones) 24/1
Randy Bennett (St. Mary’s Gaels) 28/1
Rick Majerus (St. Louis Billikens) 28/1
Mick Cronin (Cincinnati Bearcats) 30/1
Tommy Amaker (Harvard Crimson) 30/1
Tony Bennett (Virginia Cavaliers) 30/1
Tom Crean (Indiana Hoosiers) 40/1
Thad Matta (Ohio State Buckeyes) 40/1
Dave Rice (UNLV Rebels) 50/1
Dan Monson (Long Beach State 49ers) 50/1
Tim Cluess (Iona Gaels) 50/1