Billy Gillispie, 51, Former Kentucky and Texas A&M Head Coach
He's most widely known for resurrecting an A&M program that went 0-16 in Big 12 play a year before he got there to a 27-7 overall record and a Sweet 16 run just three years later. Gillespie guided the Aggies to three 20-plus win seasons, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and one in the NIT. He finished 70-26, a .729 winning percentage, with the Aggies before accepting the Kentucky job. There, he was 40-27 in two seasons, making the NCAA Tournament and NIT once each before being fired. Gillespie also coached at UTEP, and in his seven seasons as a head coach at these three schools, he has compiled a 140-85 overall record.
Terry Evans, 40, UCO Head Coach
Evans, a former OU player under Billy Tubbs, is currently in his ninth year as head coach at Central Oklahoma with a 193-79 overall record and is in midst of a 30-3 season where he's one game away from taking his team to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass. That includes a ridiculous 104-22 record over the past four seasons. He's now guided the Bronchos to the NCAA Division II Tournament in seven of his nine seasons, and this year won the Lone Star Conference, his second league crown, as well as the conference tournament.
Brad Stevens, 34, Butler Head Coach
Stevens, in four seasons, has guided his Butler Bulldogs to a 112-24 overall record, including an outstanding 62-10 mark in Horizon League play in which he has won at least a share of the conference each year, three times outright. But that's not even the most impressive thing on his resume. Last year, Stevens took the Bulldogs to the National Championship game and came just a half court heave short of winning the title against the Duke Blue Devils. All four seasons the Bulldogs have made the NCAA Tournament. Prior to being the head coach, he was an assistant at Butler since 2001.
Josh Pastner, 33, Memphis Head Coach
If the Sooners are again looking for young talent, Pastner is a good pick. In two seasons as Memphis' guy, the former Arizona basketball player has compiled a 49-19 record, including a 23-9 mark in Conference USA play. Despite finishing second in their conference in 2009-10, the Tigers made the NIT, but this time around he's brought the program back to the NCAA Tournament, although they finished worse in the conference at fourth with their 10-6 record. He was a part of that 1997 Arizona National Championship team and also served as an assistant at Arizona under Lute Olson and at Memphis under John Calipari.
Buzz Williams, 38, Marquette Head Coach
Williams has Oklahoma ties, as he graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology back in 1994. Since then, he's had many assistant coaching positions, most notably at Colorado State from 2000-04, Texas A&M under Gillespie from 2004-06 and Marquette from 2007-08. In between his A&M and Marquette assistant coaching positions, he served as New Orleans University's head coach and was just 14-17 and 9-9 in Sun Belt play. But he left there for the assistant position at Marquette under Tom Crean, who left to Indiana. Then, he took over and he has led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in each of those three seasons, including as an 11-seed this year where he will face Xavier. He's 65-32 at Marquette, with a 32-20 conference record and he's 79-49 overall in his career.
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