Central Michigan's Keno Davis is going to win MAC Coach of the Year tomorrow. It's not quite as much of a sure thing as Ohio's Bob Boldon on the women's side, but it's going to happen.
I'm not going to argue that Buffalo's Bobby Hurley deserves the award, especially after CMU won the MAC West from a fifth-place prediction in the preseason poll. You'll note that someone did indeed vote the Chippewas to win their division, though.
I have plenty of anti-Chippewa things to say about CMU, but I'm hoping to need them later in the week. Right now, I can't deny that it was a strong season, and great work from Keno Davis, who spent three years at Providence in the pre-breakup Big East.
But consider the work Hurley has done this year. I'm not sure if all these things are considered by voters, but they are certainly evidence of the second-year coach doing a good job:
- Graduated a MAC Player of the Year and All-MAC Honorable Mention, now has a likely MAC Player of the Year, All-MAC Second Teamer, and All-MAC Freshman
- Graduated a three-year starter at point guard, now has the best tandem in the conference with a combined 2.0 A/TO ratio
- 19-9 in the regular season, now 21-9 in the regular season
- Returned only five players from last year, now gets 18 ppg from newcomers
- Picked fourth in the East, now East champions, again.
- Won ten true road games, a program record