As some colleges prepped for trips to the big dance, other programs unfortunately were spending time evaluating their coaching staffs.
Here's a list of the coaching turnover in college basketball in 2017.
NCAA basketball coaching changes
Morehead State, Dec. 15
WHO IS OUT:Sean Woods resigned after being charged with battery of two of his players.
WHO IS IN:Morehead State announced on March 16 that interim coach Preston Spraldin, who went 12-9 overall and 10-6 in conference this year, earned the permanent job as head coach, reportedly beating out Pittsburgh assistant Jeremy Ballard for the gig.
N.C.State, Feb. 16
WHO ISOUT:State athletic director Debbie Yow announced that head coachMark Gottfriedwould not return next season, but would finish out the year as head coach. Gottfired had a record of 123-86 over six seasons with the Wolfpack, making two Sweet 16s.
WHO IS IN:The Wolfpackhired UNC Wilmington head coachKevin Keattsto replace Gottfried on March 17. Keatts was 72-28 with the Seahawks over three seasons, earning NCAA Tournament appearances the last two seasons.
Missouri, March 6
WHO IS OUT: Missouri announced that head coach Kim Anderson's tenure at the school would end following the team's run in the SEC Tournament. Anderson compiled a 26-67 record in three seasons at Missouri and never made an NCAA Tournament there.
WHO IS IN: The Tigers hired Cuonzo Martin on March 15. Martin led California to a 21-13 record (10-8 Pac-12) in the 2016-17 season, but the Golden Bears did not reach the NCAA Tournament. Martin's squad lost to Cal State-Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT on March 14. Martin resigned the next day to take the Missouri job.
Massachusetts, March 9
WHO IS OUT: UMass announced the firing of head cochDerek Kellogg after the Minutemen lost to Richmond in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on March 9. Kellogg went 155-137 with Massachusetts over nine seasons, making the NCAA Tournament in the 2013-2014 season.
LSU, March 10
WHO IS OUT: Following the team's first-round exit in the SEC Tournament, LSU announced that head coachJohnny Jones would not return after five seasons. Jones, an LSU alum, went 90-72 with the Tigers, making one NCAA Tournament in 2014-2015.
WHO IS IN: The Tigers hired VCU coach Will Wadeon March 20 to replace Jones. Wade, 34, guided the Rams to a 51-20 record and two NCAA Tournament berths in his two seasons with the school. NOLA.com noted the former Clemson player reportedly turned down an offer to replace Brad Brownell at his alma mater before taking over at LSU.
Illinois, March 11
WHO IS OUT:Athletic director Josh Whitman announced that the school is relievingJohn Groceof his duties as head coach. Groce went 95-74 in five seasons at Illinois, but failed to make the NCAA Tournament in any season but his first in 2012-2013.
WHO IS IN:The Illini shocked the college basketball world on March 18, asJeff Goodman reportedthat Illinois had snaggedBrad Underwoodfrom Oklahoma State. Underwood had only been at Oklahoma State for one season, taking the Cowboys to the tournament after a succesful stint at Stephen F. Austin.
Duquesne, March 13
WHO IS OUT: Duquesne announced that it had fired head coach Jim Ferry after five seasons with the program. Ferry never made the NCAA Tournament with the Dukes, and went just 60-94, with a 21-63 record in-conference.
California, March 15
WHO IS OUT: Cuonzo Martin resigned to take the head coaching position at Missouri.
WHO IS IN: Cal promoted assistant coach Wyking Jones to head coach on March 24.
Washington, March 15
WHO IS OUT: Washingtonannounced it had dismissed coach Lorenzo Romar following a 9-22 (2-16 Pac-12) season in 2016-17. The Huskies faltered despite the presence of freshman guard Markelle Fultz, who could be selected first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
WHO IS IN:Syracuse assistant coachMike Hopkinswill take over the Huskies. The school announced the hiring March 19. Hopkins supposedly was set to take over the Orange once Jim Boeheim retired. Boeheim signed a long-term contract extension the same day Hopkins took the Washington job.
Indiana, March 16
WHO IS OUT: Indiana announced it had parted ways with Tom Creanfollowing an 18-16 season and aloss in the first round of the NIT. The Hoosiers, who won the Big Ten regular-season title just a year ago, struggled in Big Ten play, losing seven of their last 10 games.
UNC Wilmington, March 17
WHO IS OUT:UNCW lost its prized head coach,Kevin Keatts,to N.C. State. Keatts, 44, made two straight NCAA Tournament appearances with theSeahawks.
Oklahoma State, March 18
WHO IS OUT: Brad Underwood resigned to take the same job at Illinois.
WHO IS IN: The Cowboys announced March 24 that they have promoted assistant coach Mike Boynton tohead coach.
VCU, March 20
WHO IS OUT:Head coachWill Wade left to take the LSU job.
WHO IS IN:VCU quickly signed Rice coach Mike Rhoades on March 22 to replace Wade.
Grambling State, March 22
WHO IS OUT:Head coachShawn Walker will not be retained, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported. Walker went 25-63 in his three-year stint withGrambling State.
Georgetown, March 23
WHO IS OUT: Georgetown announced it will not be retaining John Thompson III after 13 seasons with the Hoyas.
"For thirteen years, (Thompson) has been one of the elite coaches in college basketball," Georgetown University president John J.DeGioia said in a statement. "His performance as a coach has been exceptional, and he has served our community with remarkable distinction and integrity, sustaining our commitment to the academic performance of our students and providing them with the very best preparation for their lives beyond the Hilltop."