Playing before a crowd of 21,411 in Louisville, Ky., was intimidating enough for Florida International and its young coach. FIU's Richard Pitino also had to avoid glancing at the opposing bench.
As it turned out, Rick Pitino's son said it wasn't that difficult.
"I thought it was going to be weird," the younger Pitino said after his Panthers lost 79-55 to No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday night. "But then when you get through the course of the game, you're worried about the next play you're going to run. You're worried about the next defense you're going to be in. You're worried about who you're going to sub in.
"I didn't have time to stare down at my dad and wave at him."
According to Louisville officials, Wednesday marked just the sixth set of father and son coached against each other and the 17th total matchup. The father has won 15 times.
Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points to lead Louisville (10-1). FIU dropped to 3-5.
Cincinnati 60, Xavier 45: The latest Xavier-Cincinnati matchup was nothing like last season's, which ended in a brawl. This meeting, played in a downtown Cincinnati arena, was downright amicable.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 points to pace the No. 11 Bearcats (11-0) past the Musketeers (7-3).
"Last year was something that's not going to happen again," Xavier guard Brad Redford said. "Both of these teams have a lot of respect for each other."
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said: "If it's the city's game, we've got to play in downtown Cincinnati and let the fans come. ... It eliminates the hatred that gets spewed in the on-campus environment."
Gonzaga 74, Campbell 52: Freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points to spark the Bulldogs (11-1) past the visiting Camels (3-8).
UNLV 73, Northern Iowa 59: Anthony Bennett had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 21 Rebels (10-1) past the visiting Panthers (6-5).
Texas 85, North Carolina 67: Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to help the host Longhorns (7-4) upend the No. 23 Tar Heels (8-3).
Santa Clara 77, CSU Bakersfield 56: Ricki Radanovich and Ruta Zurauskyte each scored 20 points to lead the Broncos (6-5) over the host Roadrunners (2-10).