The 31-year-old Pitino, of course, is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a Hall of Famer himself who guided the Knicks to a division crown and two NBA playoff appearances from 1987-89.
So it seems all too appropriate that Brown and the boy wonder will play for a postseason trophy on Seventh Avenue.
SMU (27-9) and Minnesota (24-13) were both disappointed to be left out of the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday. But each squad received a No. 1 seed in the NIT and made the most of it.
Gardner takes reins of IUPUI basketball
INDIANAPOLIS — IUPUI on Wednesday officially introduced Jason Gardner as its new men’s basketball coach.
Gardner, 33, is an Indianapolis native. He was the 1999 Indiana Mr. Basketball after leading North Central to the Class 4A state title. He went on to star at the University of Arizona, then played professionally overseas.
Gardner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Memphis. He is happy to return home to lead the Jaguars.
“I think being a head coach for the first time in a city where you grew up is unbelievable, I think it’s amazing, and I’m just thankful for it,” Gardner said.
Gardner plans to recruit Indiana hard.
“I think there’s a lot of kids here that are going other places. I want to come back here and keep these kids home,” he said. “I think that all over Indiana is amazing, the best thing about it is they get taught basketball and a skill set.”