Billy Minardi Classic

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The Billy Minardi Classic is an annual college basketball event hosted by the University of Louisville. The event is named after Billy Minardi, Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino's brother-in-law. Minardi was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The event has featured December doubleheader and single games at Freedom Hall and the KFC Yum! Center.[1][2][3]


The Classic was founded in 2002 and named after Billy Minardi, Rick Pitino's deceased brother-in-law. The Classic features at least one game with Louisville each season. Typically the event features a doubleheader, but has also been a single-game event. Originally the game was played at Freedom Hall until Louisville moved its home games to the KFC Yum! Center. In 2015 the event featured a two-day, four-team tournament.