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NCAA Basketball: 10 coaches who will face the most pressure entering 2024-25 season

Kyle Neptune, Mike Woodson among 10 coaches who will face the heat come November.
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Mike Woodson, Indiana 

After guiding the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2022 and 2023, Indiana struggled in 2023-24, going just 19-14 (10-10). Despite the decent-ish record, the only highlight to show was their five-game win streak toward the end of the year -- and they still were a far, far cry from the NCAA Tournament picture.

The struggles persisted all year long, and pressure began to mount toward Mike Woodson. After all, it’s Indiana -- expectations are different -- and now Woodson will face the heat come November in a do-or-die season. Thankfully, Indiana brings in the second-best transfer portal class in the country, according to 24/7 Sports, making it evident that Woodson is putting all his chips on the table entering the 2024-25 college basketball season.

Porter Moser, Oklahoma

It hasn’t been all fairy tales and roses in Porter Moser’s first three years in Norman. The Sooners have failed to make the NCAA Tournament under Moser and have finished under .500 in Big 12 play each year. Not exactly a boost of confidence for Oklahoma’s longtime, well-respected athletic director, Joe Castiglione.

Although the Sooners have been far from irrelevant and would have made the 2024 NCAA Tournament under normal circumstances (if it wasn’t for the sheer volume of bid stealers), the pressure is on for Porter Moser. After facing a mass exodus via the transfer portal, Moser has quietly built a formidable roster that should be competitive in the SEC. However, will it be enough to get the Sooners over the hump and into the Big Dance? That remains the biggest question mark in a pivotal, pressure-packed year for Moser.