#2 = Branch McCracken
YEARS COACHED: 1939-1965 (24 Seasons)
RECORD: 364-174 (67.7 Winning %)
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 4
FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES: 2
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2
RANKING RATIONALE: Branch McCracken's time at Indiana may have come ages ago, but there is no denying his place in the Hoosier history books. Not only was McCracken one of the all-time greats at Indiana, but he has also cemented his spot in the list of all-time greats on a global basketball level. He was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 while he was still actively coaching. The legend unfortunately passed away back in 1970, but his memory will forever live on in the hearts of Hoosiers and the Hall of Assembly.
#1 = Bob Knight
YEARS COACHED: 1972-2000 (29 Seasons)
RECORD: 901-659 (73.1 Winning %)
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 24
FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES: 5
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3
RANKING RATIONALE: First and foremost, R.I.P. to the late and great Bobby Knight. It was a sad, sad day in Hoosier history when reports were released confirming his death back in November. Nonetheless, we must reflect on his memory with love and admiration.
Knight is more or less the godfather of Indiana basketball. His combination of basketball intelligence and fearless tenacity made him one of the most memorable basketball coaches of all-time. His famous chair throw against Purdue back in 1985 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest basketball memories in the history of the sport.
There have been a plethora of head coaches who have tried their hand at keeping things in order at Indiana University, but none have had the type of impact that Knight had and still has.