There are 16 teams remaining in the men's NCAA Tournament, and they're not here by accident.
March Madness provides bracket-busting upsets that make advancing to the second weekend sometimes feel like it hinges on the luck of the matchup. But there's an architect behind every Cinderella team, just as there is a pilot driving a top-seeded squad to meet expectations.
The coaches of this year's Sweet 16 are a mixed bag of Hall of Famers, national-title winners, Final Fours-pedigree coaches, up-and-comers or underrated names in the sport. There's also a couple first-timers.
An assessment by USA TODAY Sports of the best coaches remaining in Indianapolis, based on credentials, longevity and this year's tourney run.
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1. Jay Wright, Villanova. The fact that the Wildcats reached the Sweet 16 after losing starting point guard Collin Gillespie right before the NCAAs is a testament to the championship culture Wright instills. Wright guided 'Nova to two national titles in three years in 2016 and 2018, and he's led the program to the Sweet 16 seven times while establishing it as the perennial kingpin of the Big East.
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