- PJ Walsh, Sports Insights
In the NBA, a team's fortune can be tied to the acquisition of a single player. Locking in the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant to max deals ensures their respective teams will contend for conference and NBA championships for years to come.
With limited eligibility and the one-and-done rule, however, college basketball is a completely different animal. While recruiting one or a handful of big-time players can lead to one season of success (see: Kentucky in 2011-12), those players ultimately bolt for the NBA the following season and it's back to the drawing board for college coaches.
Because of this, when it comes to prolonged college basketball success, coaches take over the role of figurehead as opposed to superstars in the NBA. College coaches manage every aspect of their programs such as scheduling, recruiting and creating the game plan.
With the effect of coaching so important in college basketball, we turned to our Bet Labs data analysis software to determine which coaches have been the most profitable for bettors, both this season and over the long term.
We can define profitability in multiple ways, especially since coaches participate in different numbers of seasons and total games.
First, we'll use units won, which will favor those who have coached for long periods of time. The table below breaks down the top 10 active coaches, in terms of units won, since the start of the 2005-06 season.
PJ Walsh of Sports Insights breaks down the college basketball coaches who are best to bet on. Since the start of the 2005-06 season, UCLA (and former New Mexico) coach Steve Alford has the best rate.