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Lute Olson's NCAA Coaching Statistics
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/22/2004
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Most NCAA Tournament Appearances
27  Dean Smith North Carolina  1967-97 
24  Bob Knight Indiana  1973-00
23  Denny Crum Louisville  1972-00
21  Lute Olson Iowa/Arizona  1979-00
20  Adolph Rupp Kentucky  1942-72
20  John Thompson Georgetown  1975-96
20  Jim Boeheim Syracuse  1977-00
20  Eddie Sutton Creighton/Arkansas/Kentucky/Okla. State 1974-00

Most NCAA Tournament Wins

65  Dean Smith North Carolina  1967-97
50 Mike Krzyzewski Duke  1984-00
47  John Wooden UCLA  1950-75
42  Denny Crum Louisville  1972-99
42  Bob Knight Indiana  1973-99
 34  John Thompson Georgetown  1975-96
32  Lute Olson Iowa & Arizona  1978-00
31  Jim Boeheim Syracuse  1977-00
31  Jerry Tarkanian Long Beach St/UNLV  1970-91
30  Adolph Rupp Kentucky  1942-72
30  Eddie Sutton Creighton/Arkansas/Kentucky/Okla. State 1974-00

Most Consecutive NCAA Tourney Appearances

23  Dean Smith North Carolina  1975-97
16  Lute Olson Arizona  1985-00
15  Bob Knight Indiana  1986-00
14  John Thompson Georgetown  1979-92
11 Mike Krzyzewski Duke  1993-94
11  Eddie Sutton Arkansas/Kentucky  1977-87

DID YOU KNOW?

* Lute Olson is one of 14 coaches in collegiate history to coach in four or more Final Fours.
* Olson is one of 11 coaches who have taken two different teams to the Final Four.
* Olsons and Arizonas string of 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the longest current streak in college basketball. Further, its the second longest in NCAA history, trailing only North Carolinas 26 consecutive appearances.
* Olsons 21 tournament appearances are third-most among active coaches (Bob Knight is first with 24 and Denny Crum and second with 23).
* Olsons 31 NCAA tournament wins are the fourth-most among active coaches (Mike Krzyzewski - 48; Denny Crum - 42; Bob Knight - 42).
* Olsons 1997 NCAA championship UA team was the first and only squad in history to beat three No. 1 seeds in the same tournament.
* Olson has guided Arizona to seven NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in the last 13 years and a 16-6 record in the Cats past 22 NCAA tournament games.

Lute Olson in NCAA Play

   Arizona head coach Lute Olson has coached in the NCAA tournament 21 times in the last 22 years, including 16 straight seasons at Arizona. Overall he has a 31-20 NCAA record. In addition to the appearances with his Arizona clubs from 1985-2000, he led Iowa to five consecutive trips in his final five years in Iowa City. Olson's Arizona teams are 24-14 in NCAA play with trips to the 1988, 1994 & 1997 Final Fours. Olson's Iowa teams were 7-6 in NCAA action including a Final Four trip in 1980. Here is a breakdown by year.
 

L 72-74  Iowa-Toledo  1979 Mideast
W 86-72  Iowa-Virginia Commonwealth 1980 East
W 77-64  Iowa-N.C. State  1980 East
W 88-77  Iowa-Syracuse  1980 East Reg.
W 81-80  Iowa-Georgetown  1980 East Reg.
L 72-80  Iowa-Louisville  1980 Final Four
L 58-75  Iowa-Purdue  1980 Final Four
L 56-60  Iowa-Wichita State  1981 Midwest
W 70-63  Iowa-NE Louisiana  1982 West
L 67-69 (ot)  Iowa-Idaho  1982 West
W 64-59  Iowa-Utah State  1983 Midwest
W 77-63  Iowa-Missouri  1983 Midwest
L 54-55  Iowa-Villanova  1983 Midwest Reg
L 41-50  Arizona-Alabama  1985 West
L 63-73  Arizona-Auburn  1986 West
L 91-98 (ot)  Arizona-UTEP  1987 West
W 90-50  Arizona-Cornell  1988 West
W 84-55  Arizona-Seton Hall  1988 West
W 99-79  Arizona-Iowa  1988 West Reg.
W 70-52  Arizona-No. Carolina  1988 West Reg.
L 78-86  Arizona-Oklahoma  1988 Final Four
W 94-60  Arizona-Robert Morris  1989 West
W 95-68  Arizona-Clemson  1989 West
L 67-68  Arizona-UNLV  1989 West Reg.
W 79-67  Arizona-South Florida  1990 West
L 55-77  Arizona-Alabama  1990 West
W 93-80  Arizona-St. Francis  1991 West
W 76-61  Arizona-BYU  1991 West
L 77-81  Arizona-Seton Hall  1991 West Reg.
 L 80-87  Arizona-East Tenn. St.  1992 Southeast
L 61-64  Arizona-Santa Clara  1993 West
W 81-55  Arizona-Loyola (Md.)  1994 West
W 71-58  Arizona-Virginia  1994 West
W 82-70  Arizona-Louisville  1994 West Reg.
W 92-72  Arizona-Missouri  1994 West Reg.
L 82-91  Arizona-Arkansas  1994 Final Four
L 62-71  Arizona-Miami (Ohio) 1995 Midwest
W 91-51  Arizona-Valparaiso  1996 West
W 87-73  Arizona-Iowa  1996 West
L 80-83  Arizona-Kansas  1996 West Regional
W 65-57  Arizona-South Alabama  1997 Southeast
W 73-69  Arizona Coll. of Charleston  1997 Southeast
W 85-82  Arizona-Kansas  1997 Southeast
W 96-92 (ot)  Arizona-Providence  1997 Southeast
W 66-58  Arizona-North Carolina  1997 Final Four
W 84-79 (ot)  Arizona-Kentucky  1997 Final Four
W 99-60  Arizona-Nicholls State  1998 West
W 82-49  Arizona-Illinois State 1998 West
W 87-79  Arizona-Maryland  1998 West Reg.
L 51-76  Arizona-Utah  1998 West Reg.
L 60-61  Arizona-Oklahoma  1999 Midwest
W 71-47  Arizona-Jackson State  2000 West
L 59-66  Arizona-Wisconsin  2000 West
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