P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo is an NCAA Basketball analyst for Westwood One and previously served as an analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games on the network.

Carlesimo also covers the NBA extensively for ESPN. He served as an NBA head coach in Portland (1994-97), Golden State (1996-2000), Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-09) and Brooklyn (2012-13). He was also an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (2010-11) and the San Antonio Spurs (2002-2007).

Carlesimo began his coaching career as an assistant at Fordham University in 1971, before being named head coach at New Hampshire College for one season (1975-76). He then spent six seasons(1976-82) as the head coach at Wagner College, and led the Seahawks to their first NIT appearance. In 1982, Carlesimo was named head coach at Seton Hall University, a position he held for 12 years. In 1987-88, he guided Seton Hall into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven years. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1989 after registering a 31-7 mark, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game. In addition, he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

Carlesimo served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball for the gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1990 World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Between coaching stints, Carlesimo has been a NBA broadcaster for NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television, and has been an NCAA Tournament analyst for Westwood One.

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Elite Eight Highlights: (7) Michigan State 76 – (4) Louisville 70

29 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer ignited a 7-1 run to open overtime as No. 7-seed Michigan State needed extra time to upend No. 4-seed Louisville, 76-70, in the East Regional final at the Carrier Dome. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will guide the Spartans to the Final Four for the seventh…
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Two Coaching Titans Clash in Syracuse

29 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, NY – In any other year you wouldn’t bat an eye at seeing Tom Izzo or Rick Pitino in the Final Four, but this year hasn’t been like any other. Izzo’s No. 7-seeded Spartans will face off against Pitino’s No. 4-seeded Cardinals on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four…
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Tournament Interview: Michigan State’s Travis Trice

29 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, NY – Senior guard Travis Trice is smart enough to agree with Tom Izzo that this isn’t the most talented Spartans team there’s ever been. But he’s also experienced enough to know that teamwork and hard work can trump talent, and he’s seeing it first hand this year with Michigan…
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Sweet 16 Highlights: (7) Michigan State 62 – (3) Oklahoma 58

28 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Travis Trice scored 24 points and Denzel Valentine added 18 to lead seventh-seeded Michigan State to a 62-58 Sweet Sixteen upset of No. 3-seed Oklahoma. The Sooners led by four at the break, 31-27, but from the time the Spartans knotted the score at 39, the lead see-sawed…
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Sweet 16 Highlights: (4) Louisville 75 – (8) NC State 65

27 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Montrezl Harrell scored 21 points and Terry Rozier added 17 to pace No. 4-seed Louisville to a 75-65 East Region win over eighth-seeded NC State. Under coach Rick Pitino, the Cardinals have reached the Elite Eight for the third time in five seasons. NC State led 33-31 at halftime…
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Louisville-NC State and Oklahoma-Michigan State Do Battle in Upstate New York

27 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SYRACUSE, NY – With the top two seeds already knocked out, the “Wild, Wild” East Region is wide open for anyone’s taking. The first Sweet Sixteen matchup in Syracuse features a high-riding 8th-seeded NC State squad going up against the 4th-seeded Louisville Cardinals.  Rick Pitino’s teams always feature stalwart and tenacious defense, but they will…
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Third Round Highlights: (4) Louisville 66 – (5) Northern Iowa 53

23 March 2015 Comments are off for this post.
SEATTLE, WA – Terry Rozier poured in 25 points as the Louisville Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year with a 66-53 victory over Northern Iowa. The Cardinals also got a big contribution from Montrezl Harrell, who scored 14 and grabbed six rebounds. Louisville’s defense was a…
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