The top eight men’s college basketball coaches still searching for their first Final Four

Scott Drew (Baylor) and Mick Cronin (UCLA) graduated from a distinguished group by reaching the Final Four of this year's NCAA men's tournament. No longer are they part of the discussion surrounding the best active coaches to not make college basketball's premier event.

For those still in the group, there's no shame. Some of the greats to walk the sideline in the sport never accomplished the feat.

For those who have made it, not every path is the same. Steve Fisher got there after being coach of Michigan for four games. Hall of Famers Denny Crum and Ray Meyer are among those who did it in their first season. Some, like Paul Hewitt, John Brady and  Mike Davis, caught lightning in a bottle and the pieces fell perfectly. 

There are others who consistently put together great regular seasons and have not broken through. 

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Here are the top eight coaches who haven't been to a Final Four — in order of most likely to get there first:

Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

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