Pete Gillen returns for another season as one of the lead analysts for Westwood One Sports’ coverage of NCAA Basketball. Before joining the broadcast ranks as a game analyst, Gillen was a very successful coach, launching his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the University of Hawaii with Rick Pitino.
Gillen followed that with assistant coaching stints at Virginia Military Institute, Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame. He was head basketball coach at Xavier University from 1985 to 1994, Providence College from 1994 to 1998 and the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2005.
At Xavier, Gillen compiled an impressive record, taking the Musketeers to the NCAA tournament seven times and to the NIT tournament once (1994). Gillen is still the most successful coach in school history at Xavier, having won 202 games in the third-longest tenure ever for a XU coach. Following his success at Xavier, Gillen was hired at Providence, taking two trips to the NIT before the Friars’ 1997 run to the Elite Eight. Gillen’s seven Virginia teams compiled an overall record of 118 – 93 and competed in five postseason tournaments. The Cavaliers participated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament and in the National Invitational Tournament four times.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The euphoria that should have accompanied Louisville’s second consecutive trip to the Final Four was understandably subdued following their 85-63 triumph over Duke, in the wake of a teammate’s horrific injury. Sophomore guard Kevin… Read More »
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A shocking, 2nd-round exit from last year’s NCAA Tournament at the hands of Lehigh now seems like ancient history. Duke is back to being Duke again, one win away from yet another Final Four. But to reach the Georgia Dome, Mike Krzyzewski’s troops will have to topple… Read More »
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – And then, there was one…as in, one #1-seed still standing in the NCAA Tournament. To the surprise of few, it’s the Louisville Cardinals. Thanks in large part to a 31-point performance from Russ Smith – while battling a nasty cold, no less – Rick Pitino improved to… Read More »
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Duke defeated a strong Michigan State team 71-61 in Indianapolis on Friday night, sending the Blue Devils into a Sunday matchup against Louisville for a spot in the Final Four. Seth Curry had 29 points for Duke on 8 of 17 from the field and a perfect… Read More »
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Louisville ran out from the gate and never looked back to defeat Oregon 77-69 and advance to the Elite Eight Friday night in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Cardinals led by as much as 18 at one point in the second half, and despite a late Duck run… Read More »
DAYTON, OH – Top-seeded Indiana kept their title dreams alive by overcoming Khalif Wyatt and a tough Temple Owls team 58-52 Sunday afternoon. It took a Victor Oladipo knockout punch with a three-pointer for Indiana with 13 seconds left to give the Hoosiers a four-point lead and put them in… Read More »
DAYTON, OH – Aaron Craft hit a three pointer with half a second left to help second-seeded Ohio State overcome a furious rally by the 10th-seeded Iowa State Cyclones 78-85 and send the Buckeyes into the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. Ohio State was paced by Deshaun Thomas… Read More »
DAYTON, OH – Tenth-seeded Iowa State started off hot and never cooled off, blowing by seventh-seeded Notre Dame 76-58 Friday night at the University of Dayton Arena. The tenth-seeded Cyclones advanced to the third round, where they’ll face the second-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. Melvin Ejim scored 17 points… Read More »