Battle of the Jims

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and University of Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun are two of the best coaches in college basketball and they’ve been matching wits in the Big East since Calhoun took the coaching job at UConn in 1986. They’ve each won at least one National Championship and are two of only eight Division I coaches to win 800 games. Fittingly, the two Jims were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame together in 2005.

So I ask you, which one is the better coach?


National Championships

Boeheim – 1 (2003) (and a Keith Smart jump shot away from a 2nd)

Calhoun – 2 (1999 and 2004)

Final Four Appearances

Boeheim – 3 (1987, 1996, 2003)

Calhoun – 3 (1999, 2004, 2009)

Regular Season Big East Titles

Boeheim – 8

Calhoun – 9

Big East Tournament Championships

Boeheim – 5

Calhoun – 7

Players Sent to the NBA

Boeheim – 29

Calhoun – 23

20 Win Seasons

Boeheim – 33 in 35 seasons

Calhoun – 18 in 25 seasons at UConn

Career Wins

Boeheim – 855

Calhoun – 840 (601 with UConn, 239 with Northeastern)

Big East Coach of the Year Awards

Boeheim – 4

Calhoun – 5


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