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Bennett’s numbers stack up nicely with the other current coaching greats

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For 10 years, Virginia Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett has been a shining example for UVA and has been one of the most successful coaches in college basketball. However, the one knock on Coach Bennett was the lack of a championship or a Final Four appearance. That all changes now after the thrilling title run. Bennett now stacks up favorably compared to the rest of the college coaching landscape.

There are now only nine active coaches in college basketball that have won a title after Bennett joined their ranks.

  • Mike Krzyzewski
  • Jim Boeheim
  • Roy Williams
  • Bill Self
  • Tom Izzo
  • John Calipari
  • Tubby Smith
  • Jay Wright
  • Tony Bennett

The first six are already in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. With two recent titles at Villanova, Jay Wright should get in soon and Bennett could join him one day. Tubby Smith won a title in his first year at Kentucky, but failed to make a Final Four in the following nine seasons and has been at four different schools with no success since being fired by Kentucky.

Tony is also the youngest active coach that has won a title…by seven years.

  • Jim Boeheim (74)
  • Mike Krzyzewski (72)
  • Roy Williams (68)
  • Tubby Smith (67)
  • Tom Izzo (64)
  • John Calipari (60)
  • Jay Wright (57)
  • Bill Self (56)
  • Tony Bennett (49)

The three oldest coaches on this list happen to be ACC coaches as well. While there has been no indication that those three are going to retire soon, it does set up Bennett and UVA in the conference nicely.

While it seemed like an eternity before Coach Bennett won his first title, the 13 seasons it took Bennett to hoist the trophy compares favorably to the other coaches on the list.

  • Tom Izzo (5)
  • Tubby Smith (7)
  • Tony Bennett (13)
  • Bill Self (15)
  • Mike Krzyzewski (16)
  • Roy Williams (17)
  • John Calipari (20)
  • Jay Wright (22)
  • Jim Boeheim (27)

Since the 2014 season, Coach Bennett has led Virginia to being one of the best programs in the country. With the title knock out of the way, there are plenty of awesome stats to revel in. In the past six seasons, UVA has a record of 178-36 (83.2%). Only two teams in the country have a better record, Gonzaga at 194-29 and Villanova at 191-31.

Looking at just the ACC, Bennett has a record of 100-23 (81.3%) during the regular season and ACC tournament. Meanwhile, Roy Williams (72.5%) and Coach K (71.7%) are lagging behind during that time span.

After going 6-0 in the tournament this season, Bennett’s record in the Big Dance in the past six seasons improved to 13-5. Only Wright, Williams, Calipari, Coach K, and Mark Few have better records. If you look at just the past four tournaments, Tony’s 10-3 record is only bested by Wright and Williams, the other two coaches with a title in that time frame.

Soak it all in UVA fans. Coach Tony Bennett is one of the best.