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Wednesday, February 20
 
Coaches of top-ranked teams lead finalists

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced the names of finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Coach of the Year Awards, including Kansas' Roy Williams and Maryland's Gary Williams, whose teams hold the top two spots in the ESPN/USA Today and AP polls.

Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson and Eddie Sutton of Oklahoma State also are on the list.

Geno Auriemma of No. 1 Connecticut and Tara VanDeveer of second-ranked Stanford head the list of women's coaches.

The winners will be honored in Atlanta on April 5, along with college players of the year and other Naismith award winners.

Others named among the 40 men's and women's finalists for the coach of the year awards Tuesday were:

Men's coaches: Perry Clark, Miami (Fla.); Tom Crean, Marquette; Billy Donovan, Florida; Mark Few, Gonzaga; Pete Gillen, Virginia; Mark Gottfried, Alabama; Ben Howland, Pittsburgh; Bob Huggins, Cincinnati; Ernie Kent, Oregon; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; Mike Montgomery, Stanford; Jim O'Brien, Ohio; Lute Olson, Arizona; Skip Prosser, Wake Forest; Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma; Bill Self, Illinois; Tubby Smith, Kentucky; Eddie Sutton, Oklahoma State.

Women's coaches: Jane Albright, Wisconsin; Ceal Barry, Colorado; Leon Barmore, Louisiana Tech; Sherri Coale, Oklahoma; Tom Collen, Colorado State; Jody Conradt, Texas; Kristy Curry, Purdue; Bill Fennelly, Iowa State; Jim Foster, Vanderbilt; Gail Goestenkors, Duke; Cathy Inglese, Boston College; Kim Mulkey-Robertson, Baylor; Brenda Oldfield, Minnesota; Deb Patterson, Kansas State; Carol Ross, Florida; Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech; Pat Summitt, Tennessee; Susan Walvius, South Carolina.




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