Season two of Raise the Barn presented by Explore Minnesota kicks off with the team's preparation for its season opener vs. Louisville.
The final episode of Raise the Barn takes you on Minnesota's ride through the NIT run.
Richard Pitino meets the media to wrap up his first season with Minnesota.
Richard Pitino addresses his team after defeating SMU to win the NIT.
Watch Episode 7 of Raise the Barn presented by Explore Minnesota.
December 8, 2014
Minnesota vs. St. John's (USATSI)
November 22, 2014
Basketball vs Franklin Pierce 11.20.14
Led the Gophers to the 2014 National Invitation Tournament championship and a school-record 25 wins in his first season with the Maroon and Gold
In his first season at Florida International, he guided the Panthers to 18 wins, the most since 1997-98 (21). Posted FIU's first winning season since 1999-2000, with a record of 18-14.
FIU was just 26-65 in the three seasons prior to Pitino's arrival.
FIU's 11 conference victories marked the most in program history since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 1998-99. The Panthers reached the Sun Belt championship game for the first time.
The 18 wins are the fourth-most in program history - since 1981-82 (19:'84-85; 20: '92-93; 21: '97-98)
Prior to leading FIU, Pitino served as the Associate Head Coach for one season and an assistant for two other seasons under his father, Rick, at Louisville. In three years overall with the Cardinals, he helped the program to a combined 88-25 record, a pair of NCAA Elite Eight berths (2008 and 2009) and one NCAA Final Four appearance (2012). His efforts also helped the Cards land two of top 15 recruiting classes in his three years (2007-08 and 2008-09).
Pitino also spent time as an assistant for two seasons under Billy Donovan at Florida. In his time with the Gators, the club was a combined 50-20 with back-to back NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional finals before falling to NCAA runner-up Butler.
Pitino has also spent time as an assistant at Duquesne (2006-07) as well as at Northeastern (2005-06).