Michigan basketball head coach candidates to watch in each region of March madness

The NCAA tournament begins in earnest today and these are four coaches that should be followed closely to see how they fare in the big dance.
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2. Niko Medved Colorado State, Midwest Region

Niko Medved got his first win of the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night. His only other appearance came in 2022 when he lost as a six seed to 11th-seeded Michigan basketball. Medved wouldn't be that inspiring of a hire based on only getting to the show twice in six seasons in Fort Collins. NIL and recruiting would be rather unattractive with him at the helm.

Will Wade of McNeese State is also in the midwest bracket. He would definitely be considered for the role if he didn't commit recruiting violations at LSU. Wade has won at every stop of his coaching career, but will forever be tainted for what happened in Baton Rouge. Someone will probably take a chance on him again to see if he learned his lesson or not, but it won't be Michigan basketball.

Tony Bennett could be another name to throw around from Virginia. He's done everything possible there and it might be time for a change of scenery. The doubters will argue his offense is out of date and for good reason. He just scored 42 points in a 25 point route to Colorado State and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is calling for his job.