24 March 2011

Seven Possible Targets, For Good Reason

Many names brings variety of styles
by MizzMatt - 3/24/11
So far, fans around Mizzou Nation have tossed seven coach's names that they would like to see the University of Missouri go after for their new basketball coach.  It gives us variety to choose from.  I covered them in a previous post, but how exactly do the names of Brad Stevens, Buzz Williams, Cuonzo Martin, Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Kim Anderson and Matt Painter compare?  Look no further than these snapshots of their season-by-season records, with postseason experience.
Brad Stevens - Butler Bulldogs
Brad Stevens' record is one to respect, as he achieved 100 victories in just four seasons, compared to MU's previous coach's 5 years.

Brent "Buzz" Williams - Marquette Golden Eagles
Brent Williams has led the Golden Eagles to three straight NCAA tournament appearances, in all three years he's been their head coach.

Cuonzo Martin - Missouri State Bears
Cuonzo Martin is doing great things at MOSU, but is probably not ready for a high profile job like Mizzou.

Jamie Dixon - Pittsburgh Panthers
Jamie Dixon's track record since taking over Pitt in 2003 is very impressive.  Eight straight tournament appearances, including three Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight.

Kim Anderson - Central Missouri Mules
Kim Anderson is a local boy, born in Sedalia, MO.  He's currently coaching at the Division II level, but with a record like that, he may be up to the task of D-IA ball at MU.

Matt Painter - Purdue Boilermakers
With the exception of Painter's first year at Purdue (which is always tumultuous, no matter the program), he's notched 20-win seasons since his first head coaching job as a Saluki.  Consistency is key.

Shaka Smart - Virginia Commonwealth
Shaka Smart is in his second year at VCU, and has done what nobody thought would be possible.  He's upset national powerhouse Georgetown and Painter's Purdue, and his team has a date in the Sweet Sixteen against Florida State.

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