Today's Top 10: #!*$+!#*@)(!*

Today's Top 10: #!*$+!#*@)(!*

Illinois and Iowa face off at 7 p.m. today at State Farm Center and will do so with two of the more fiery coaches in the Big Ten leading from the bench. In turn, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY ranks the Big Ten coaches he'd least like to run afoul of if he were suiting up for their respective teams:

1. Fran McCaffery, Iowa

Only one Big Ten coach has a meme that tracks his temperament via the DEFCON system. Sunday's double technical and ejection at Maryland? That was a FranCON 1 situation.

2. Brad Underwood, Illinois 

The first-year Illini coach has little patience for mistakes and even less for anything other than 100 percent effort, and he doesn't exactly shy away from sharing those feelings.

3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Even with 560 wins, seven Big Ten titles and a national championship, the fire hasn't lessened for Izzo — nor has the number of times he might put his head in his hands per game.

4. Matt Painter, Purdue

Few coaches can match a worked-up Gene Keady, but his former guard has come close since going from coach-in-waiting to head coach in the early 2000s.

5. Mark Turgeon, Maryland

Turgeon has spent 30 years in the business, including the last 20 as a head coach. The latter has been with quite a bit of frowning on the sideline even as he's racked up 402 career wins.

6. Pat Chambers, Penn State

Chambers seems to attack coaching the same way he did going from a walk-on point guard at Philadelphia University to the program's all-time assists leader — with some serious energy.

7. John Beilein, Michigan

Next season will be Beilein's 40th as a head coach, and the 64-year-old comes across fairly calm and collected. Except when he's not. Then he's not shy to share a sharp word with an official.

8. Archie Miller, Indiana

He might look like older brother Sean, but the first-year Hoosiers coach doesn't quite keep up with some of the looks the former sends his Arizona Wildcats.

9. Chris Collins, Northwestern

Even though he's a Mike Krzyzewski protege, Collins seems to take more after his dad, Doug, on the sidelines — mostly stoic with moments of the polar opposite.

10. Greg Gard, Wisconsin

Gard might be a Bo Ryan disciple, but he doesn't get quite as worked up on the sideline as his predecessor did for 14-plus seasons.

11. Steve Pikiell, Rutgers

Patience is a virtue, and Pikiell's sideline demeanor reflects that. He eventually built Stony Brook into a consistent winner. Doing the same at Rutgers has been and will be challenging.

12. Richard Pitino, Minnesota

If one thing is true about Pitino, it's he stands behind his players. That could ultimately come back to bite him depending on how the Reggie Lynch sexual-assault allegations play out.

13. Chris Holtmann, Ohio State

Holtmann has gotten his last two jobs unexpectedly after Brandon Miller abruptly resigned at Butler and Thad Matta was fired in June at Ohio State, but he's carried on successfully.

14. Tim Miles, Nebraska

Miles has honed his reputation as one of the funniest Big Ten coaches at the last six conference media days. His teams might be hit or miss, but he's always a hit.

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