On Tuesday, CBS Sports announced their All-American team and Coach of the Year. While the Big East may have not gotten any first team All-American selections, their presence was still felt, as CBS Sports announced its Coach of the Year award winner would be Xavier Musketeers' head coach Chris Mack.
The Xavier Musketeers came into this season unranked as many wondered how they would do in their third year in the Big East. The Musketeers had a relatively new squad with them, as Mack had to work around losing talented center Matt Stainbrook and guard Dee Davis. Both Davis and Stainbrook were crucial in Xavier's run to the Sweet 16 last season, a run that many may not have expected for a team that would finish 24-13 on the year.
Expectations were low for Xavier this year, but Mack and his team exceeded them and the Musketeers played out of their minds. Xavier tied a school record for regular season wins with 26 and were ranked in the Top 10 of the AP polls for much of the season. Much of it should go to finding some great players in Trevon Bluiett and Jalen Reynolds, two players who entered their names into the NBA Draft this week. But Mack's passionate personality and ability to create a tough minded team should not go unnoticed, either.
Although Xavier lost to Wisconsin in the second round, via a Bronson Koenig buzzer beater, it was still a good year for the X-Men. Nobody expected them to be this good after losing the players that they did. Credit should go to Chris Mack who is one of the best coaches in the Big East and probably the best Big East coach on Twitter:
@slrussell Celebrating with a late night trip to Walmart*. pic.twitter.com/SlNopcOhCt— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) March 30, 2016