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Pitinos to square off in season opener next year

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Pitinos to square off in season opener next year

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino, right, shouts instructions to his team as guard Chris Jones, left, listens during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri State in Louisville. Ky., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It will be all Pitino all the time in the college basketball season opener next year.

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers, coached by his son, Richard Pitino, in the Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 14. The game will be played in Puerto Rico at the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Borinquen.

It's the second time the elder Pitino will coach against his son.

Rick Pitino's Cardinals beat Richard Pitino's Florida International team last year, 79-55.

Richard Pitino says opening the season against a program that consistently has one of the best teams in the country is a great opportunity for his Golden Gophers. He says the Gophers are ''proud and excited to be a part of it.''

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