With two famous names on the sideline, the NIT championship has a New York feel. One coach is a rising young star, the other is in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. Richard Pitino leads Minnesota into the title game tonight ( 4, ESPN) against 73-year-old Larry Brown and SMU at Madison Square Garden. Born in Brooklyn, Brown grew up going to games at the Garden and coached the resident New York Knicks to a 23-59 record during the 2005-06 season. 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. – AP
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