The Perfect Pitino

Thursday night, Rick Pitino ran his record in regional semifinal games to 10-0. That is made all the more impressive by the fact that four times his club was the lower seed. (Those 10 games are listed below.)

Two little-known facts about Pitino's coaching career:

♦ His NCAA Tournament debut came at the Palestra in a opening round, 70-58 loss to La Salle on March 15, 1978. (Princeton vs. North Carolina A&T was the other game that night.)

♦ His NCAA head-coaching career began with six games for Hawaii at the end of the 1975-76 season, when Bruce O'Neil was relieved of his duties.

Year     School   Seed  Opponent   Seed   Result
1987 Providence    6 Alabama   2 W 103-82  
1992 Kentucky 2 Massachusetts      3 W   87-77
1993 Kentucky 1 Wake Forest   5 W 103-69
1995 Kentucky 1 Arizona State   5 W   97-73
1996 Kentucky 1 Utah   4 W 101-70
1997 Kentucky 1 Saint Joseph's   4 W   83-68
2005 Louisville 4 Washington   1 W   93-79
2008 Louisville 3 Tennessee   2 W   79-60
2009 Louisville 1 Arizona 12 W 103-64
2012 Louisville 4 Michigan State   1 W   57-44

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