Danny Manning leads list of coaches new to NCAA hoops party

Danny Manning (left) is making his NCAA tournament debut as a head coach. (Reuters/files)

Danny Manning (left) is making his NCAA tournament debut as a head coach. (Reuters/files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

TORONTO - You know all about coaching legends like Mike Krzyzewski,, Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Bill Self, Jim Boeheim and Billy Donovan.

Those regulars will be at the NCAA Tournament yet again — it’s basically old hat for a group that has been there many times before — but it will be the maiden voyage for a handful of bench bosses.

While Coach K will be making his 29th tourney appearance, a whopping 15 are dancing for the very first time.

Leading the list of coaching neophytes is Tulsa’s Danny Manning, one of the greatest players in the tournament’s 75-year history. Sure, Manning has tons of experience as a player and as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Kansas, but this is the first time he’s leading a team of his own (as a coach, that is. He did pretty well leading the Jayhawks as an athlete).


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