Pitino named finalist for Naismith Award

Rick Pitino and Marquette's Tom Crean were named finalists for the Naismith National College Coach of the Year Award.

Conference USA Release

Louisville's Rick Pitino and Marquette's Tom Crean were named as two of 25 finalists for the 2002-03 Naismith National College Coach of the Year Award it was announced by Atlanta Tip Off Club President Jackie Bradford on Wednesday.

Pitino has guided the Cardinals to a No. 9 national ranking and 19-4 overall mark (9-3 C-USA), while Crean has directed the No. 10 Golden Eagles to a 20-4 overall mark and 11-2 first-place record in the American Division.

The Naismith College Coach of the Year Award was established in 1987.

Louisville and Marquette square off in a key divisional battle tonight at Freedom Hall (ESPN 2, 8:00 p.m.).


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