Butler's Brad Stevens goes onto the court against Indiana during an NCAA basketball game in Indianapolis

Brad Stevens says he has ‘no shot’ at 900 wins

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Two weeks ago, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim became the third coach in the history of men’s Division I basketball to win 900 games. The milestone by the Hall of Famer has sparked the discussion of what current college coach could someday join Boeheim, Bob Knight and the all-time leader, Mike Krzyzewski.

Bob Huggins, Bill Self, Billy Donovan, Roy Williams, and Thad Matta all have realistic chances at notching 900 victories. Even John Calipari and Rick Pitino, who both spent years as an NBA coach, could someday join the three-man club.

However, Butler head coach Brad Stevens doesn’t believe he will reach that milestone.

“No shot. No shot. No shot,” Stevens told David Woods of the Indianapolis Star. “I’m not much into guarantees, but I guarantee that I will not get to 900.”

Stevens is on the heels of a milestone of his own; his 150th career victory, which he could get Wednesday night against Penn. At 36-years-old, has already been to two Final Fours and through his first five years has averaged 27.8 wins per game. And as Woods reports, is on a great pace to rack up the wins.

Stevens has already set NCAA records for victories in the first three (89), four (117) and five (139) years as a head coach. He would set the six-year record with 25 this season.

If Stevens can keep up the pace from his first five seasons, he would amass over 900 victories by the time he was 60. Vying an early retirement, there is a strong chance that the sixth-year head coach could be up there on the all-time wins list someday.

College coaches have been very modest and have downplayed the 900 win milestone since Boeheim eclipsed that mark on Dec. 17. Last week, Self, who has 487 wins at age 50, said he has no interest in passing Coach K’s record.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: