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Richard Pitino

Minnesota gives Pitino $400K annual raise, 2-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has finalized a two-year contract extension for coach Richard Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a $400,000 raise.

The university released the details Tuesday, months after the terms were agreed to while Norwood Teague was the athletic director. Pitino, who finished his second year as coach of the Gophers, will now make $1.6 million annually. His $500,000 base salary stayed the same; his supplemental compensation was bumped up from $700,000 to $1.1 million.

Pitino is still well within in the bottom half of the Big Ten, in terms of money being made by the men's basketball coaches in the conference.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 16
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Kentucky (65)38-11,6251
2Villanova33-31,5224
3Wisconsin36-41,4606
4Duke35-41,4062
5Arizona34-41,4055
6Virginia30-41,3333
7Gonzaga35-31,2297
8Notre Dame32-61,17811
9Iowa State25-91,04313
10Kansas27-99959
11UNI31-497910
12Maryland28-79358
13Oklahoma24-1174015
14Wichita State30-573712
15North Carolina26-1270319
16Baylor24-1068016
17Louisville27-961414
18SMU27-748520
19Utah26-945517
20West Virginia25-1039818
21Arkansas27-937321
22Georgetown22-1117723
23Michigan State27-1215930
24Butler23-1114222
25VCU26-10109-

Regional Team News

Oklahoma to play Washington State in Hawaii tournament

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma basketball team will play Washington State in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament in Honolulu.

OU announced Thursday that the Sooners will play Washington State Dec. 22 as part of the Christmas week tournament.

The winner will play the winner of the Northern Iowa-Hawaii game. The losers of the opening round games will also play each other.

Also in the tournament are Auburn playing New Mexico and BYU taking on Harvard.