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Gonzaga’s Mark Few one of 15 finalists for Naismith coach of year

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few and guard Josh Perkins pose for photos after Few presented Perkins with a ball commemorating the program’s all-time assists record. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Mark Few and guard Josh Perkins pose for photos after Few presented Perkins with a ball commemorating the program’s all-time assists record. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga’s Mark Few is one of 15 finalists for the Naismith College Coach of the Year Award.

Few has guided the top-ranked Zags to a 27-2 record and the program’s seventh consecutive West Coast Conference championship. Gonzaga has won or shared 18 conference titles in Few’s 20 seasons. The Zags have posted 12 straight seasons with at least 25 wins.

Few has compiled a 562-120 (.824) record, including 274-30 (.901) in WCC games. The Zags have played in 19 straight NCAA Tournaments under Few and are in contention for a No. 1 seed this season.

Few won the Naismith award in 2017 when the Zags finished 37-2 and national runner-up.

The other finalists are Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Michigan’s John Beilein, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Chris Mack, Nevada’s Eric Musselman, Buffalo’s Nate Oats, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Houston’s Kelvin Sampson, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski and Wofford’s Mike Young.

Bennett, who won the award last season, and Sampson are former Washington State coaches.

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