Who’s The Big Man In the Big Ten?

Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan won Big Ten Coach of the Year honors last night, but who is the Big Ten’s best coach? Not just this season, but overall?

The debate normally focuses on Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Ohio State’s Thad Matta, so here’s the tale of the tape.

Career Record
Izzo: 436-176 (.712)
Matta: 345-103 (.770)

Career Seasons-Seasons with Less Than 20 Wins-With 30 Or More
Izzo: 18-5-3
Matta: 13-0-3

Career NCAA Tournament Record
Izzo: 37-14 (.725)
Matta: 21-10 (.677)

Career Final Fours
Izzo: 6
Matta: 2

Career National Titles
Izzo: 1
Matta: 0

Big Ten Tournament Titles
Izzo: 3
Matta: 3

Big Ten Regular Season Titles
Izzo: 7
Matta: 5

March Record
Izzo: 77-35 (.688)
Matta: 47-12 (.797)

Coaching Tree
Izzo: Tom Crean (Indiana), Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech), Stan Heath (South Florida), Mark Montgomery (Northern Illinois) and Doug Wojcik (College of Charleston)
Matta: Todd Lickliter (Marian University), Brad Stevens (Butler) John Groce (Illinois), Sean Miller (Arizona), Alan Major (Charlotte), Archie Miller (Dayton)

NBA Draft Picks
Izzo: 13 overall/6 first rounders
Matta: 8 overall/7 first rounders

*It is still possible for both coaches to add another 30+ win season this year.
**Where it does not indicate a “career” stat, the numbers reflect only Matta’s time at Ohio State.


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