Richard Pitino

The Battle of the Pitinos may become an annual occurrence

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The Battles of the Pitinos may actually become a thing in the near future.

According to Jeff Goodman of, Louisville — where dad Rick coaches — and Minnesota — where son Richard is now in his second season at the helm — are in talks to begin a home-and-home series between the two programs.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. Rick and Richard agreed to play a series when Richard was still at Florida International, but after one successful season, the younger Pitino was given the job at Minnesota, creating a mildly-awkward blowout win for Louisville this past season.

This series likely won’t start until the 2015-2016 season as the two programs are already scheduled to play each other in 2014-2015 in a tournament in Puerto Rico.

Rick is an unabashed fan of Minnesota basketball, so much so that he spent all of Minnesota’s run to the NIT title last season coaching from Madison Square Garden’s most expensive seats. I wonder how it will feel coaching on the other sideline.

They’ve played once before, and Louisville beat FIU in a blowout in 2012.

I’ve got an idea for this: loser has to wear the chicken suit to the next family dinner.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.


AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State