Two B1G head coaches included on Naismith Men's Coach of the Year late season watch list
A pair of B1G head coaches are among 15 listed on the Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year late season watch list. The candidates were released on Friday as teams prepare for the final stretch of the regular season.
Michigan’s Juwan Howard and Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann were the two B1G names on the list. Fittingly, the two will go head to head on Sunday as No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State meet on Sunday in their only matchup of the year.
Howard has led the Wolverines to a 15-1 record which includes a B1G-best 10-1 mark in league games. It’s the program’s best start in conference play in nearly 45 years. Most impressively, Michigan is now 2-0 in games since returning from a three-week pause due to COVID-19, defeating Wisconsin and Rutgers this past week.
This marks Howard’s second year as the head coach in Ann Arbor.
Ohio State is currently playing as well as anyone in the country right now, recording its seventh-straight victory on Thursday night with a 92-82 win over Penn State. The Buckeyes are sitting at 12-4 in B1G contests and are 18-4 overall.
Holtmann is in his fourth year at Ohio State.
Below is the complete list of coaches to make the cut:
- Casey Alexander, Belmont
- Darian DeVries, Drake
- Scott Drew, Baylor
- Andy Enfield, USC
- Mark Few, Gonzaga
- Leonard Hamilton, Florida State
- Chris Holtmann, Ohio State
- Juwan Howard, Michigan
- Bob Huggins, West Virginia
- Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
- Porter Moser, Loyola-Chicago
- Nate Oats, Alabama
- Kelvin Sampson, Houston
- Shaka Smart, Texas
- Mike Young, Virginia Tech