ESPN: Rollie Massimino dies at 82; led Villanova to 1985 title, had 816 wins

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per ESPN:

Rollie Massimino, who won more than 800 college basketball games and coached Villanova to an improbable national title in 1985, has died at the age of 82.

Massimino had been battling lung cancer. He died at his home in Florida.

He was best-known for leading an eighth-seeded Villanova team to a title with a 66-64 victory against No. 1 seed Georgetown and Patrick Ewing in the 1985 championship game. Massimino coached Villanova for 19 seasons and compiled a 355-241 record before leaving for UNLV in 1992.

"He's like a father to me," said Ed Pinckney, who starred on Villanova's championship team. "We talked about life, not basketball. I still talked to him all the time. My youngest son, Austin, played for him at Northwood."

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/20509434/coaching-legend-rollie-massimino-dies-82

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Man, two of the greats in a couple of days. The Villanova title win was one of the greatest played games I ever saw.
 

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Villanova won me $300 in the brackets that year!
 
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