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Predicting The Future Coaches Of College Basketball's Top Programs

A detail of the net and basket prior to the Georgetown Hoyas playing against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the quaterfinals of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

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Here are some predictions for the future coaches of college basketball's top programs.

How often do you wonder about who will leading your college basketball team whenever you current coach leaves? For me, it's all the time.

But maybe for you, it's not. So we're here to help with that.

We've taken a look at the college basketball coaching picture and made predictions for some of the country's major programs. Here's who we think will be coaching those teams in the future.

Who will replace Coach K at Duke? Coach Cal at Kentucky?

Here are our predictions. Be sure to tell us if you disagree (and we're sure you will).

Duke: Arizona’s Sean Miller

Miller is thriving at Arizona and making a ton of money, but when Duke comes calling whenever Coach K decides to retire, he’s not going to be able to say no.

Michigan State: Virginia’s Tony Bennett

Bennett has built the Cavaliers into a power and the Charlottesville, Va. program has a ton to offer. Michigan State is one of college basketball’s premier programs, though. And Bennett would be such a good fit in East Lansing, Mich.

North Carolina: Texas’ Shaka Smart

Smart is young, already leading a premier program and has ties to the southern Virginia/North Carolina region from his time at VCU.

Kansas: Wake Forest’s Danny Manning

Manning is a Jayhawks legend and has a promising coaching career ahead of him, currently leading Wake Forest’s program.

Texas: Gregg Marshall

Marshall will be mentioned for a bunch of openings in the coming seasons, but if he doesn’t leave, he might just end up waiting on Smart to eventually leave Texas.

Arizona: Bryce Drew

Drew has Vanderbilt on the rise and his ability to bring five-star recruits to the Commodores would work incredibly well with the Wildcats.

Louisville: Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin

The Cardinals are going to make a hire this offseason. They need to shoot as high as possible when replacing Rick Pitino. It's likely Cronin will say no, but maybe Louisville will make him an offer he can't refuse.

Kentucky: Villanova’s Jay Wright

At some point, Coach Cal is going to leave Kentucky and it’ll probably be sooner than Wildcats fans want him to. When he does, plucking Jay Wright from Villanova would be a great move. He’d likely make the leap despite being really happy.