Upping Their Stocks

Postseason play has proved a couple of guys can really coach, raising their value on the Sooner market for OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.

1. Marquette's Buzz Williams--Not only did his 11th seeded Golden Eagles knock off No. 6 seed Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but they followed that up with a 66-62 upset of No. 3 Syracuse in the second round. Out of 11 BIg East teams to make the tournament--his Golden Eagles finished 11th in the regular season with their 9-9 mark--Williams has found a way to get his team to become one of just two of those squads to make the Sweet Sixteen. Probably the front runner in Castiglione's coaching search, Williams is proving more and more each and every game that he's very capable of winning on the big stage. And that's what the Sooners are looking for, a guy that can not only get them back to the NCAA's, but one that will win once they get there.

2. Colorado's Tad Boyle--Boyle and the rest of the Buffaloes thought they were snubbed from the NCAA Tournament, and they're proving that may have been just the case. His Buffaloes, who finished in a tie for fifth in the Big 12 Conference with their 8-8 record, have methodically reeled off three wins in a row to make it to the National Invitational Tournament Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. In the meantime, Boyle's been proving he's a big time motivator. The first-year head coach at CU and former Kansas basketball player has found a way to still get his team motivated for the NIT even after that huge letdown of getting left out of the NCAA's. Not only that, but he's quickly resurrected a CU program that won just 13 Big 12 regular season games combined over the past four years and finished 1-15 two seasons ago. He brought Northern Colorado back in his four years there, and he's managed to get CU back to the postseason for the first time in five years, and he's winning there, raising his value for Castiglione.

Other great candidates are definitely out on the market, but these two have put some more money to their name with their recent tournament success as well as the jobs they've done overall at their respective schools.

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