Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, March 25, 2014

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As every college basketball fan knows, 16 teams remain in the NCAA tournament. Here's something every fan probably doesn't know: Nine of the teams are led by a head coach with ties to the Big Ten. Yes, nine of the remaining 16 head coaches have spent time on a Big Ten bench in some capacity. See the full list in this post.

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For some recent perspective, the last two Sweet 16s, both of which included four Big Ten teams, have featured six coaches with Big Ten ties.

Steve Alford, UCLA
Indiana player – 1983-87
Iowa head coach – 1999-2007

John Beilein, Michigan
Michigan head coach – 2007-present

Tony Bennett, Virginia
Wisconsin assistant coach – 1999-2003

Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Michigan assistant coach – 1982-89
Michigan head coach – 1989-1997

Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Michigan State assistant coach – 1983-1995
Michigan State head coach – 1995-present

Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee
Purdue player – 1991-95
Purdue assistant coach – 2000-08

Archie Miller, Dayton
Ohio State assistant coach – 2007-08

Sean Miller, Arizona
Wisconsin graduate assistant – 1992-93

Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
Wisconsin assistant coach – 1976-84
Wisconsin head coach – 2001-present

About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.