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West Virginia's Bob Huggins accepts the 2015 Jim Phelan award at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

Jan. 8, 2016


BOSTON, MA -- South Carolina's Frank Martin is the recipient of the Jim Phelan award mid-season honors.

Picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference the Gamecocks opened the season with five wins to capture the Paradise Jam, beating Norfolk State, Oral Roberts, DePaul, Hofstra and Tulsa. Five victories in December were highlighted by a 65-59 win at Clemson.

Currently 14-0 South Carolina is one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in college basketball.

Now in his fourth season with the Gamecocks, Martin has helped the Gamecocks to their highest ranking since the 1997-98 season.

The Phelan award is presented annually to the top coach in division I men's basketball. The award is named in honor of Jim Phelan who coached his entire career at Mount Saint Mary's University. He led the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.

When he retired in 2003, after coaching for 49 years, he amassed 830 wins (overall record of 830-524) in over 1,300 games in all divisions. In those 49 years, 19 of his teams amassed 20 or more wins in a season.

The recipient of the 2016 award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Award Presentation on April 1 in Houston, site of the men’s division I national championship.



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