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Column: Pitino breaks his own mold, just this once

Updated: April 6, 2013, 11:57 PM ET
Associated Press

(Eds: Updates with Michigan's win. With AP Photos.)

By JIM LITKE

AP Sports Columnist

ATLANTA -- Playing hunches does not get a coach into the Hall of Fame. It certainly didn't get Rick Pitino to the threshold.

Looking after every detail does. So does recruiting NBA-caliber talent, then slotting those players into a system, conditioning and teaching them and, finally, making them believe that winning is the by-product of relentless defense.

That's been Pitino's M.O. ...

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