Off the court, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is really into the horse track. The two-time NCAA champion coach will race his horse, Goldencents in this year’s Kentucky Derby. (Which you can watch live online here.)
But through recent years, Pitino has had the habit of naming his horses after his Cardinal players. Following Monday’s press conference, Pitino will only need to name one more player after a horse to have a starting five.
He named two of his horses Dieng and Siva after Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva. Then last summer he went more creative and dubbed one of his horses Russdiculous after returning guard Russ Smith. On Monday, the future Hall of Famer announced the name of his new 2-year-old horse, “Three Point Luke,” in honor of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Luke Hancock. Though Pitino said he didn’t come up with the name, horse trainer Dennis O’Neill did.
[h/t Matt Norlander]
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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.
Wilson is five inches shorter.
The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.
Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.
On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.
Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.
R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.