Best of the rest: Hollins, Pitino lead Minnesota past SMU 65-63 to win NIT championship at MSG

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Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, right, stands with his father, Rick Pitino, after Minnesota's 65-63 win over SMU in an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the NIT on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Brown is in his 39th season as a head coach, nine in college. He won an NCAA crown at Kansas in 1988 and an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He has guided a record eight NBA franchises to the playoffs.

Looking to tie the school record for wins set during the 1987-88 season, SMU was playing in only its third NIT and first national tournament final.

"I'm proud of my team," Brown said. "We picked ourselves up and we competed at the highest level against quality teams and gave ourselves a chance to win."

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