John Clay: Five who deserve NCAA's spotlight

March 11, 2012 

Five coaches who have been to the Final Four but have never won it all

1. Thad Matta, Ohio State

2. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

3. John Calipari, Kentucky

4. Tom Crean, Indiana

5. John Thompson III, Georgetown

Five coaches overdue for the Final Four

1. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin

2. Matt Painter, Purdue

3. Mark Few, Gonzaga

4. Fran Dunphy, Temple

5. Mike Brey, Notre Dame

Five coaches whose regular seasons have earned a good tournament

1. Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

2. John Beilein, Michigan

3. Buzz Williams, Marquette

4. Steve Alford, New Mexico

5. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati

Five coaches who know the way to the title

1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

2. Roy Williams, North Carolina

3. Billy Donovan, Florida

4. Jim Calhoun, Connecticut

5. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

Five players with Final Four experience

1. Terrence Jones, Kentucky

2. Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

3. Kevin Jones, West Virginia

4. Mason Plumlee, Duke

5. Draymond Green, Michigan St.

Five coaches who have been to Final Four and would love to get back

1. Rick Pitino

2. Rick Majerus

3. Billy Donovan

4. Tom Crean

5. Steve Fisher

Five teams who are hot

1. Kentucky won 24 of its last 25

2. North Carolina won nine of its last 10

3. Memphis won 11 of its last 12

4. Saint Louis won 9 of its last 11

5. Michigan won seven of its last nine

Five teams who are not hot

1. Southern Miss lost four of its last seven

2. Florida lost three in row to end regular season

3. Notre Dame lost three of its last five

4. Temple lost two of its last four

5. Marquette lost two of its last three

Five teams that could be this year's Butler

1. Wichita State: Best team out of the strong Missouri Valley Conference

2. Saint Louis: Welcome back, Rick Majerus

3. New Mexico: Steve Alford's team is 27-6

4. Belmont: Ranked No. 23 in Pomeroy Ratings

5. Saint Mary's: This could be the year the Gaels break through

Five that could make up for a disappointing season

1. Vanderbilt: Seventh in pre-season Associated Press poll

2. Alabama: 19th in pre-season AP poll

3. Xavier: 14th in pre-season AP poll

4. Connecticut: Fourth in pre-season AP poll

5. Memphis: 11th in pre-season AP poll

Five players if you need a three-pointer

1. Drew Hanlen, Belmont, 48.1 percent

2. Isaiah Cannan, Murray State, 47.3 percent

3. John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, 46.1 percent

4. Kenny Boynton, Florida, 43.4 percent

5. Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 42.2 percent

(all stats through March 8)

Five guys you'd like at the foul line

1. Michael Dixon, Missouri, 89.7 percent

2. Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 89.1 percent

3. Oliver McNally, Harvard, 88.4 percent

4. Seth Curry, Duke, 86.9 percent

5. Tu Holloway, Xavier, 86.4 percent

(all stats through March 8)

Five senior guards who could make a difference

1. Marcus Denmon, Missouri

2. Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette

3. Darius Miller, Kentucky

4. Ramone Moore, Temple

5. Oscar Bellfield, UNLV

Five freshmen who could play key roles

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky

2. Austin Rivers, Duke

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

4. Quincy Miller, Baylor

5. Cody Zeller, Indiana

Five best defensive teams, according to Sunday night's Pomeroy Ratings

1. Ohio State

2. Louisville

3. Michigan State

4. Wisconsin

5. Virginia

(Kentucky is sixth)

Five best offensive teams, according to Sunday night's Pomeroy Ratings

1. Missouri

2. Kentucky

3. Florida

4. Indiana

5. Creighton

Five battle-tested teams

1. Michigan: Played toughest schedule in the nation, according to Sunday night's Sagarin ratings

2. Michigan State: Played nation's second-toughest schedule

3. Baylor: Played nation's fourth-toughest schedule

4. Kansas: Played nation's fifth-toughest schedule

4. Ohio State: Played nation's sixth-toughest schedule

Five NCAA teams that played cupcake schedules, according to Sagarin

1. New Mexico: Schedule ranked 107th.

2. Belmont: Schedule ranked 178th

3. Gonzaga: Schedule ranked 125th

4. Murray State: Schedule ranked 236th

5. Harvard: Schedule ranked 189th

Five probable lottery picks

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky

2. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

3. Andre Drummond, Connecticut

4. Thomas Robinson, Kansas

5. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Five teams that might be better than you think

1. Georgetown: 23-8, but No. 14 in Sagarin ratings

2. Louisville: Won Big East Tournament

3. Cincinnati: Has as many Top 25 RPI wins (5) as Kentucky (3) and Louisville (2) combined

4. Temple: Came into conference tournament weekend No. 14 in RPI

5. Colorado State: Double-digit in losses, but Top30 in RPI

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