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Rick Pitino, Bill Self Among Semifinalists For Naismith Coach Of The Year

Semifinalists for the 2017 Naismith Coach of the Year award are out, and some of the sport's biggest names are up for the honor.

Sean Miller, Rick Pitino, Bill Self, and Jay Wright are among the coaches still in consideration to take home the Naismith award. Here is the full list of coaches:

Coach

Team

Record

Chris Collins

Northwestern

21-9 (10-7)

Scott Drew

Baylor

24-6 (11-6)

Mark Few

Gonzaga

29-1 (17-1)

Bob Huggins

West Virginia

23-7 (11-6)

Tim Jankovich

SMU

26-4 (16-1)

Sean Miller

Arizona

26-4 (15-2)

Rick Pitino

Louisville

23-7 (11-6)

Bill Self

Kansas

27-3 (15-2)

Mike White

Florida

24-6 (14-3)

Jay Wright

Villanova

27-3 (14-3)

Big names like Few, Miller, Pitino, Self, and Wright all have their teams positioned for top seeds in the NCAA Tournament and are taking aim at a national championship. Drew got Baylor off to a very fast start, though the Bears eventually fell back a little bit and ceded the Big 12 to Self and Kansas. Chris Collins may be the best story, as he is poised to take Northwestern to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The list of 10 will get narrowed down to four finalists on March 16.

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