Ten semifinalists will be announced March 6. Finalists will be announced March 18. The winner will be named April 5 at the Naismith Awards Brunch in Atlanta.
Grant has led the Flyers to their best record ever through 26 games (24-2) and their best ranking, No. 5, since the 1950s. At 13-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Dayton has a two-game lead with five games to play. It plays Duquesne at 2 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena.
The other coaches on the list are: Patrick Chambers, Penn State; Scott Drew, Baylor; Brian Dutcher, San Diego State; Mark Few, Gonzaga; Leonard Hamilton, Florida State; Bob Huggins, West Virginia; Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa; LaVall Jordan, Butler; Chris Mack, Louisville; Greg McDermott, Creighton; Bruce Pearl, Auburn; Steve Pikiell, Rutgers; Brad Underwood, Illinois; Kevin Willard, Seton Hall.