6 Mid-major coaches who could be moving up
MARK FOX | NEVADA
In his three seasons in Reno the Wolfpack has gone 81--18 and finished first in the WAC every year.
ANTHONY GRANT | VCU
He would have taken over at Florida had Billy Donovan left, but his '07--08 Rams could be better than the '07--08 Gators.
DARRIN HORN | WESTERN KENTUCKY
The Hilltoppers have won 67 games over the last three years and are poised to make their first trip to March Madness under Horn, who led them to the Sweet 16 as a player.
CHRIS LOWERY | SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
The fourth-year coach signed a seven-year extension last spring, but the Salukis can only fend off major-conference suitors for so long.
SEAN MILLER | XAVIER
He'll eventually follow in the footsteps of Pete Gillen, Skip Prosser and Thad Matta and leave the Musketeers for a high-profile job.
JIMMY PATSOS | LOYOLA
Three years ago he took over after a 1--27 season. Now he has the Greyhounds poised to challenge for MAAC crown.
3 Cinderellas who will be dancing deep into March
The Wildcats went 17--1 in the SoCon last year, and three of their four nonconference losses were to Michigan, Missouri and Duke.
The Patriots could be this year's George Mason, with every starter returning from a team that lost a heartbreaker in the Colonial Athletic Association title game.