The Big Ten Network recently posed this question on Twitter: Who is Big Ten Coach of the Year? And the choices offered were Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, Northwestern’s Chris Collins and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart breaks down the race.
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In case you have forgotten, Minnesota won the NIT last season in Richard Pitino’s first season in the Twin Cities. The Big Ten has done well in the NIT in recent years. Iowa got to the title game in 2013. Minnesota was in the championship tilt in 2012. Penn State won it all in 2009 and year after Ohio State did so in 2008. It was an impressive run for a Golden Gophers program that’s a work-in-progress and has some mojo heading into Year Two under Pitino. But he’s not so sure of the value of that NIT hardware. “The
Who are the top current coaches throughout college basketball? Our friends over at ESPN are working on a series, listing the top 50 coaches in the nation. Three Big Ten coaches appear in the first installment, which ranks Nos. 25-50: Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, No. 49; Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, No. 33; and Nebraska’s Tim Miles, No. 32. Check out the complete list here. [ MORE: Top 10 NBA Draft steals in Big Ten history ] No. 49: Richard Pitino, Minnesota ESPN on Pitino: “Someone made an impression in his first Big Ten season, huh? Richard Pitino, all of 31 years old,
The speculation machine is in overdrive with chatter that Minnesota coach Richard Pitino is a target to fill the recently opened Tennessee job. Nebraska’s Tim Miles also has been mentioned. Bottom line: Neither is likely to leave their current posts. As Amelia Rayno from the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague said on the Dan Barreiro show on KFAN that Pitino is not interested in the job. In fact, history shows that Big Ten coaches rarely leave to take coaching jobs at other schools. They either are fired, retire or resign. Over the past 35-plus years, only
Minnesota didn’t make the NCAA tourney, but it compiled one of the better seasons in team history. The Gophers set a record for wins in a single season (25) on their way to claiming their third NIT crown. Not bad for a team with a first-year coach and a revamped roster from a team that won a game in the NCAA tourney a season ago. Speaking of the first-year coach, Pitino gave a tremendous locker room speech to his players, which you can watch above. One of his biggest messages? That would be this: “Do not let anybody tell you
Richard Pitino didn’t seem to want to any part of his chair during a timeout in Tuesday night’s NIT quarterfinal game vs. Southern Miss. With his players gathered around him, the five on the floor sitting in their respective stools, the first-year Minnesota coach picked up his seat and spiked it to the Williams Arena court. Watch Pitino in this post. [ MORE: View the official NIT bracket ] It was a quick outburst, and Pitino clearly got his point across. The top-seeded Gophers held off Southern Miss, behind Austin Hollins’ career-high 32 points, to advance to the NIT semis
Watch a conference enough, and you can’t help but notice that every team has a common theme that gets mentioned in every broadcast. Chances are, you know your team’s topic of conversation. But what about the rest of the Big Ten teams? Here’s my recurring subject for every Big Ten team. Illinois. Bruce Weber didn’t recruit Champaign native Rayvonte Rice. Indiana. Yogi Ferrell has a new role now that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are in the NBA. Iowa. Depth! Michigan. Tie: Nik Stauskas isn’t just a shooter. And, the Wolverines are without preseason All-America Mitch McGary. Michigan State. Injuries!
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014” we see how Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell’s role has expanded as a sophomore, learn more about Michigan’s only senior Jordan Morgan, and watch Minnesota’s Richard Pitino embraces being the son of a Hall of Fame coach. Also, catch our usual highlights from Michigan-Indiana and Minnesota-Purdue. The new episode airs Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET immediately after Indiana’s men’s basketball game at Minnesota. [ MORE: Enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip to the Tourney Sweepstakes ] Don’t forget that all basketball season you can also watch past episodes of our show at BTN2Go
It was freezing cold outside in Minneapolis on Thursday night, but tempers got red hot inside the Barn during the second half of Minnesota’s upset of No. 11 Ohio State. Play began to get chippy midway through the second half as Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross got tied up with Minnesota forward Oto Osenieks. Ross proceeded to shove Osenieks, which led to Minnesota coach Richard Pitino throwing his sport coat into the crowd and being called for his first technical foul as the Gophers’ head coach. VIDEO: Minnesota coach Richard Pitino gets a technical and throws his sport coat into