Pitino vs. Pitino: Gophers, Louisville close to hoops series

Pitino vs. Pitino: Gophers, Louisville close to hoops series
July 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

When it comes to bragging rights in the Pitino household, the best way to award them would be a pickup game between Rick and Richard in the driveway.

But in order to televise that nationally, they'd have to run an extension cord out from the garage and set up bleachers on the lawn, therefore killing the grass. And halftime would take forever when they had to go in to eat dinner. It'd be a nightmare.

So we'll have to settle for the second-best way: a head-to-head matchup between Minnesota and Louisville. Thankfully, we'll be getting one of those a year for the foreseeable future.

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Richard's Gophers and Rick's Cardinals are already set to square off this season for the first time since Richard took over the head-coaching gig in the Twin Cities. That'll be part of an early season tournament in Puerto Rico. The home-and-home series Goodman is referring to would likely start in the 2015-16 season.

As College Basketball Talk points out, the Pitino men have been trying to get this going for a while now. The two played during Richard's lone season as the head coach at Florida International back in 2012. Those schools (FIU and Louisville) scheduled a game for last season, but then Richard skipped town in favor of the Gophers, who he led to an NIT championship in his first season.

While the family angle is the obvious headline here, it's also a great scheduling job by Minnesota. Best way to boost your hoops cred is by playing big-dog programs like Louisville.