NY Times asked 7 coaches which programs they thought were at the top. Almost all seven included Duke, UNC and Kentucky. UCLA and Kansas were also common. Two (Brad Stevens of Butler and Chris Mack of Xavier) listed Florida. Surprisingly Rick Pitino and Shaka Smart did not list Florida despite their ties to the program.
Brad Stevens, Butler: Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, U.C.L.A., Florida
Rick Pitino, Louisville: Kentucky (“No. 1”), North Carolina, U.C.L.A., Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, Georgetown, Connecticut
Buzz Williams, Marquette: Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, U.C.L.A., Kansas
Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh: Michigan State (“They stand out to me”), Duke, Connecticut, Kentucky
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse: Said there are 10 to 15 programs, but declined to name them.
Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth: Kansas (“Mind-boggling; they win the league every year”), North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, U.C.L.A.
Chris Mack, Xavier: North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Michigan State, Florida