Richard Pitino made his peace with the reality long ago. No matter what he does as a coach, he knows comparisons to his father will always be made.
Florida International's coach doesn't mind.
''I, more than anything, embrace it,'' he said.
There will be someone else for him to embrace Wednesday night - his aforementioned father. Richard Pitino gets to match wits with Rick Pitino in Louisville, Ky., when FIU (3-4) travels to meet the fifth-ranked Cardinals (9-1). The matchup was scheduled not long after the younger Pitino left his dad's staff to coach the Panthers.
It shapes up as a mismatch. Louisville is a major national-title hopeful with a storied coach who has taken teams to six Final Fours and won 638 games. FIU was picked to finish last in its division of the Sun Belt Conference, made its only trip to the NCAA tournament in 1995 and has a coach with exactly three wins on his resume.
None of that will matter Wednesday.
''I don't worry about it going away. I don't want it ...