3-point shot: Pitino on Big East expansion

December, 20, 2011
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1. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he will never schedule a non-conference game against new Big East football-only members San Diego State and Boise State. Big East commissioner John Marinatto said last month that the two schools would get four games against Big East basketball members. UConn is reportedly interested in possibly doing a home-and-home series with SDSU. “We would never schedule San Diego State or Boise State,’’ Pitino said. “We’ll play someone that makes sense geographically like Indiana.’’

2. Pitino also said he’s confident that the Big East isn’t done and will add basketball schools. He has long pushed for Memphis and Temple to be part of any expansion plans. Both were passed over in the initial wave in favor of SDSU-Boise State in football and Houston, SMU and Central Florida in all sports. “There are going to be quite a few additions,’’ Pitino said. “I don’t know who they are. But I know they will add basketball schools.’’

3. Former UNLV and current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said the Runnin’ Rebels have played the schedule he set up extremely well. “It turned out exactly like we would have hoped,’’ said Kruger of scheduling the Las Vegas tournament to get North Carolina in a potential final game. UNLV split games at Wichita State and UC Santa Barbara as well as at Wisconsin and against Illinois in Chicago. “If you take those four games and split them you would take that. That’s realistic. Dave [Rice] has done a great job. And Mike Moser is such a good player. It’s so easy to cheer for him. He works so hard. It’s a good story all the way around with Dave coming back to his alma mater.’’

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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