Air station Pitino-Pitino matchup date finalized for next November
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ESPN has finalized several dates for future Armed Forces Classic, including the matchup that pits Richard Pitino against his father, Rick Pitino.
The Gophers and Louisville Cardinals will match up next season, confirming earlier reports. The Louisville coach floated the news, but both father and son said that plans were not concrete, and that they were waiting to finalize logisitics. Now those details have been ironed out.
Barring an NCAA tournament matchup, it will be the first meeting between Richard Pitino and Rick Pitino since the younger joined the Gophers.
From an ESPN press release:
The Armed Forces Classic - a series of Division I men's college basketball games - is being played on United States military bases worldwide over a five-year rotation - will originate from the Coast Guard in 2014, Marines in 2015 and Navy in 2016. The games will be played at a different branch of service at a Military installation each year.
The third annual game on November 14, 2014 will take place from the United States Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico and will feature 2013 national champion Louisville vs. Minnesota. Rick Pitino, a 2013 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will face his son Richard Pitino, currently in his first season as head coach of the Gophers.