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Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton named 2019 finalist for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

It is the sixth time Sutton has been tabbed as a finalist. 

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Former Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton was named a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 on Friday at NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It is the sixth time Sutton has been tabbed as a finalist.

Sutton, 82, won 806 games with three Final Four appearances and NCAA tournament appearances with Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU. He won two regular season (1992 and 1995) and one tournament championship (1995) in the Big Eight, and one regular season (2004) and two tournament titles (2004 and 2005) in the Big 12.

Under his tutelage, the Cowboys reached the postseason 14 times in his 17 seasons, including 13 NCAA tournament bids and two Final Four appearances.

Sutton was the Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1986, the 1993 Big Eight Coach of the Year and a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2004. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

The inductees will be unveiled in April during the NCAA tournament’s Final Four weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. Enshrinement is scheduled for Sept. 5-7 in Springfield, Mass.

The other finalists:

Marques Johnson

Jack Sikma

Ben Wallace

Paul Westphal

Leta Andrews (coach)

Hugh Evans

Bill Fitch

Bobby Jones

Sidney Moncrief

Barbara Stevens (coach)

Thersea Weatherspoon

Chris Webber