The most underappreciated coaches

Updated: May 20, 2011, 3:12 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

The college game is certainly not hurting for coaching talent. We spend a lot of ink on the active and future Hall of Fame coaches in our game, and rightfully so, with names like Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Calhoun, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Gary Williams (until recently), Bill Self, Billy Donovan and Tubby Smith; and we are fortunate that so many of them are sticking around. We also have a promising crop of recognized up-and-comers that are seen as the future of the game, such as Mark Few, Tom Crean, Brad Stevens, Anthony Grant and Sean Miller.

But there are a bunch of coaches that fall somewhere in between. And there are several that are undervalued and underrated. They don't get the publicity they deserve, but they can teach and coach the game. And oftentimes, these guys are just one March run away from making their mark.

Chris Mack, Xavier: Mack is another in a long line of outstanding coaches at Xavier. He is organized, competitive, engaged and has a great belief in his abilities and his team. Mack will continue to win at Xavier (or wherever he might coach) because he is the real thing.