Busting Brackets

Rick Barnes and 4 other head coaches to not trust while filling out your 2024 bracket

Tennessee Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes.
Tennessee Volunteers head coach Rick Barnes. / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA
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Jim Larrañaga. Jim Larrañaga. 16-11 NCAA Tournament record. . 834. . . JL. player. Jim Larranaga

Sure, he’s taken his teams to a couple of Final Four appearances. For what? Without anything to show for his deep runs in the postseason tournament, Jim Larrañaga is someone to avoid when taking a team all the way.

While Miami has had a pretty decent season, they aren’t a team that can reliably make it to the Sweet Sixteen, much less win it all this year.

Jim Larranaga
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With Larrañaga holding the reigns of the Canes, their odds are even worse.

I don’t want to take away from what Larrañaga has done with programs like George Mason, he helped build the Patriots into a winning team, when they hadn’t been previously.

However, when I fill out my March Madness brackets, he’s the reason I continuously avoid Miami.