Wooden stills ranks ahead of Krzyzewski
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Wooden stills ranks ahead of Krzyzewski

Wooden's UCLA teams needed to win conference title for NCAA bid

Villanova and North Carolina met this past Monday in the type of national championship game that endorses the case for John Wooden as college basketball’s greatest coach. By that, I don’t mean Villanova’s dramatic win on a last-second shot.

Most years Wooden’s UCLA teams dominated. Three of the late Wooden’s championship teams won every NCAA game by double digits in 1967, 1971 and 1973. Villanova-North Carolina was a Wooden-like national title because both teams won their regular-season conference title. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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