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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Playing hunches does not get a coach into the Hall of Fame. It certainly didn't get Rick Pitino to the threshold.
Looking after every detail does. So does recruiting NBA-caliber talent, then slotting those players into a system, conditioning and teaching them and, finally, making them believe that winning is the by-product of relentless defense.
That's been Pitino's M.O. everywhere he's been, first at Boston University, then at Providence, Kentucky and now Louisville, and even through the two NBA stints at New York and Boston sandwiched in between. That's why he'll walk into the hall when the vote becomes official Monday morning with 850-something wins on his resume and after a 72-68 win over Wichita State in the national semifinal - with maybe a second NCAA title to come later that night in the championship.
But on Saturday, in one of the biggest games of Pitino's storied career, the 60-year-old ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Rick Pitino was looking rather, umm, pale, during the national championship game Monday, and the Internet took notice. The Louisville coach morphed into a vampire while witnessing Michigan’s explosive first half, leading to a solid meme:
Rick Pitino looks like death. twitpic.com/ci1he4
— Farsi Montana (@ThatPersianGuy) April 9, 2013
RT@fakejdgreear: Rick Pitino is probably...
Rick Pitino freaked out when he heard fireworks after Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 to win the national championship game.
It’s that sort of reaction time that keeps a man alive at war … or in the hood.
GIF via @WorldofIsaac
With a hard-fought win over Michigan, Louisville coach Rick Pitino became the first coach in college basketball history to win national championships at two different schools.
IT'S BEEN FUN
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall took out a full-page newspaper ad thanking the fans after the team's Final Four loss to Louisville.
Rick Pitino loves to tell stories, and he does it very, very well.
He'll talk for 10 minutes about the intervention he had with Peyton Siva last season because the point guard was spreading himself too thin and saying yes to everybody. He'll talk on and on about the heated rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville. He'll tell the same story about his early days in coaching...
There is much about Michigan’s title game match-up with Louisville that sounds familiar, especially given what the Wolverines have faced thus far in their tourney run.
Once again, the turnover-averse Wolverines will be going up against a team that turns opposing players over at an alarming rate. Once again, the opposing team has the edge as far as tournament experience. Once again...
Today is a very special day for Rick Pitino. Not only is he coaching his Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA championship game against Michigan tonight, but this morning he was also elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pitino is one of a class of seven inductees announced today that will feature some other very well know names.
Nine-time All-Star and nine...
The man who single-handedly crippled the Celtics franchise and crawled out of town like a weasel is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame:
Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Joining Pitino in the class of 2013, announced Monday, are former NBA stars Bernard...
Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.
This title came...
Former Tennessee hoops legend Bernard King was elected to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame today, 19 years after he ended his NBA career.
Current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was among others who were also elected to the 2013 Hall of Fame class.
Bernard King attended the University of Tennessee from 1974-1977 and averaged 27.5 points-per-game while at UT...