Pitino Introduced To U, Final Four Begins 06 Apr 13

New Golden Gopher men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino says he will put a Minnesota team on the floor that will run and press whenever it can. The 30-year-old Pitino, who is the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, says he envisions a Gopher gameplan that will feature a full court press after every made basket and an opportunity to run up and down the floor on offense. He says his father has used that style successfully for years and he will try to do the same. The new Gopher coach was introduced at Williams Arena yesterday.

Louisville, Wichita State, Michigan, Syracuse Set For Final Four

The last four teams standing in men’s college basketball are in Atlanta for the Final Four. The national semifinals take place tonight at the Georgia Dome. The first game pits top-overall seed Louisville against ninth-seeded Wichita State, tip off is at 5:09pm. The Shockers have Chaska’s Jake White on the roster. Louisville, coached by Rick Pitino, who is the father of new Gopher coach Richard Pitino, advanced to Atlanta with an emotional win against Duke last Sunday. The nightcap features a pair of four seeds as Michigan plays Syracuse, tip off is at 7:50pm. Tonight’s winners will meet in the title game Monday night.