- Mar 24, 2015
I think it's worth adding that Graves has taken 3 different Division 1 programs that were down in the dumps (St. Mary's, Gonzaga, Oregon) and turned them around in short order. The turnaround at Gonzaga (he was at St. Mary's for only 3 years) was certainly not a flash in the pan (the current coach was his assistant), and it seems likely that the same will be true at Oregon. He's also the only coach to take two different double digit seeds to the Elite 8.I would absolutely include Graves, not just for his recent work with the Ducks but for how the Zags would often upset higher seeds in the tourney. He beat us in a 2 vs 7 game in 2010. That A&M team would get our only NC the next year, while Graves was taking an 11 seed to the E8.