Pac-12 Coach 1-on-1 Tournament: Who Would Win?

2013-10-17T18:00:00Z 2013-10-17T18:09:48Z Pac-12 Coach 1-on-1 Tournament: Who Would Win?Jon Gold Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Here at the Pac-12 Studios for Basketball Media Day in San Francisco, a classic question was asked to Washington's Lorenzo Romar: Who would win a 1-on-1 tournament between the Pac-12 head coaches?

It is certainly a deep field.

The favorite -- and Romar admitted that everyone in the league would have trouble staying in front of him, even now -- is Stanford's Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins, the 1986 national player of the year at Duke, was the No. 10 pick of the 1986 draft by the San Antonio Spurs and spent nine years in the NBA.

Dawkins averaged more than 11 points per game during his pro career, but he remains one of the most honored players in ACC history, with his number retired by Duke and placement on the ACC 50th anniversary team.

He'd probably advance to the finals to square off another college hoops legend, Steve Alford.

The new UCLA head coach was Indiana's career leading scorer when he exited the program, a three-time All-Big Ten pick and was a top-10 player of the 1980s in a Sporting News list from 1989. As a senior, Alford led the Hoosiers to the national title, scoring 23 points in the championship game.

Romar isn't too shabby a pick himself, having parlayed a three-year career at the team he now coaches into a five-year NBA career.

Larry Krystkowiak offers a big threat, though, as the No. 28 pick of the 1986 draft (out of Montana). Perhaps the best big man among Pac-12 coaches, he spent nine years in the NBA, primarily with the Milwaukee Bucks. In his best season, 1988-89, he averaged 12.7 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Bucks, and he finished his career with averages of 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Arizona's Sean Miller has a shot, at least if the ball's in his hands. A renowned dribbler and shooter, Miller remains in the top-20 in career scoring at Pittsburgh, where he averaged nearly six assists per game for his career.

Oregon State's Craig Robinson was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton, and given his much-famed games against brother-in-law and avid hooper Barack Obama, he could be an upset pick.

Alford isn't the only new threat, but his first-year Los Angeles neighbor, Andy Enfield.

Enfield holds 18 school records at Johns Hopkins -- including career points, single-season points, career scoring average and career 3-pointers -- and he was a 1991 D-III All-American.

Oregon's Dana Altman (Eastern New Mexico, 1978-80), Colorado's Tad Boyle (Kansas, 1981-85), Washington State's Ken Bone (Seattle Pacific, 1980-82), Cal's Mike Montgomery (Long Beach State, 1966-68) and Arizona State's Herb Sendek (1981-84) all played college hoops, but unless some pulled hamstrings happen, they don't appear to have a shot to knock off the favorites.

Our pick has to be Dawkins.

For obvious reasons.

Contact reporter Jon Gold at jgold@azstarnet.com or at (520) 573-8013. On Twitter: @TheCoolSub

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