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'When Harry Met Pat' new hit in Mideast

3/31/2003

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has helped dress up the wardrobe of
her close friend, Villanova coach Harry Perretta, and she's treated
him and his players to a cookout at her home.

In exchange for this generosity, Perretta will try to knock
Summitt and the Lady Vols out of the NCAA Tournament.

Wearing one of the lucky ties given to him by Summitt, Perretta
coached second-seeded Villanova to a 53-51 victory over Colorado in
the Mideast Regional semifinals on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Wildcats will face top-seeded Tennessee for the regional
championship on Monday night. The Lady Vols routed Penn State
86-58.

Perretta wore his orange tie for the game. Summitt gave him that
piece of neckwear and three others, and Perretta says all have
brought him luck.

"I haven't lost in it yet,'' he said. "She was trying to make
me look better on the sideline. I needed a tie that cost more than
$5.''

Villanova has won seven straight, including a victory over
Connecticut in the Big East tournament championship game on March
11 that snapped the Huskies' 70-game winning streak.

"We won another game. I don't know how we do it,'' Perretta
said.

Summitt and Perretta became good friends over the summer after
he visited Knoxville to give Summitt some tips on the motion
offense. Summitt hosted a cookout at her house Friday for Villanova
and Perretta, and her team and had plans to join the Wildcats again
Saturday night.

"I may tell him I'm sick and have to watch tape,'' Summitt
said.