Monday, December 1, 2014

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino Earns Career Win No. 700

I have been on the road and haven't had a chance to say it yet, but congratulations to Louisville head coach Rick Pitino for earning his 700th career win last week.

Pitino and the Cardinals obtained the milestone with a low-scoring 45-33 victory over Cleveland State.

Here's a recap of the win from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - LOUISVILLE coach Rick Pitino's latest milestone victory featured more drama than he would have liked.

What's important is that his Cardinals won with the trademark tough defense that helped make Pitino a Hall of Famer. Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 LOUISVILLE beat Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night for Pitino's 700th college victory.

One of five active Hall of Fame coaches and among four in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pitino is 700-245 overall in 30 seasons at Hawaii, Boston University, Providence, Kentucky and LOUISVILLE. He is 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals.

"I hope I'm as lucky to (win) 800, because I remember it as if it was yesterday," said the 62-year-old Pitino, who watched a video montage of significant wins after the victory. "I don't think there's as much significance personally for me, but the significance I take away is that senior class last year, how many games they won. I was the beneficiary today."

Chris Jones added 11 points, and freshman Chinanu Onuaku blocked seven shots for the Cardinals (5-0), who rejected 11 overall and needed that defense to put away the determined Vikings two nights after beating Savannah State by 61 points.

Cold shooting, missed free throws and no bench points by LOUISVILLE allowed Cleveland State (2-3) to stay close throughout and trail just 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining.

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