Originally Posted by bucksfan2
I don't know. I think Izzo and Beline have taken their clubs to a place where very few thought they could be. Carmody is close to doing something Northwestern has never done before.
I think Crean gets it though.
Izzo got the nod, but I'm not sure I agree that few thought he'd have a top 3team.
Similarly, while I've loved every minute of this teams bounce back to relevancy, in terms of exceeding expectations, IU did a little bit better than forecast. THey were picked in the pre-season to finish 9th and finished fifth. tMSU was picked to finish 4th and finished tied for 1st. Michigan was picked to finish 3rd, and likewise finished in the tie for first.
I get the line of thinking that it's rare for a coach who finished fifth to get coach of the year, but in my mind, Beilein had fewer "raw materials" to work with than Izzo.