FIU-Louisville to begin basketball series this year

Brandon Wise/ Sports Director

Head Coach Richard Pitino announced today a matchup with his former team, and father, to begin this season and continue for the next three years. In 2012, the Panthers will travel to the KFC Yum! Center to take on the Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 19. Coach Pitino is very excited about the upcoming matchup.

“We are extremely excited to be able to announce this series with Louisville,” Pitino said. “Getting a chance to play one of the premier teams in the nation will be great for our fans as well as our program, especially in 2014-15, when the Cardinals come down here to Miami. To be able to get a Top 5 team in the country to come into your building is not only a landmark moment in the evolution of our program, but it will open the door for other opportunities. This is big for FIU and we look forward to bringing more quality opponents like this to U.S. Century Bank Arena.”

The series will continue in 2013 when the Panthers return to Louisville before the Cardinals make their way to Miami in 2014.

The last time the two schools met was back on Dec. 1 2010, Louisville defeated FIU 92-55 in Louisville.

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