Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 11/11/14
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Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com recently polled over 250 division one college basketball coaches to get their thoughts on who was the best X’s and O’s coach in the country. Tom Izzo of Michigan State was the clear cut number one selection, while Michigan’s John Beilein was the second choice. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino finished in third place 3. Rick Pitino, Louisville Cardinals (18)  Record: 664-239 (28 seasons)  NCAA tournament record: 48-16  “Coach Pitino is always willing to change mid-game. He is not married to a style, he believes in matchups and adjustments. His pro background taught him it’s all about finding a way to win that particular game.” — Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin The last two years have been pretty magical for Rick Pitino. Back-to-back Final Fours and a National Championship is quite an accomplishment. However, prior to 2012 there was a little bit of pressure on Pitino, in my opinion. He’d been at Louisville for decade and still hadn’t won a national title and ...
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