Roy Hibbert: Georgetown Coach John Thompson III has likened the 7-foot-2 center to a big lump of clay, because of the sophomore's potential. The Big East's tallest player would have benefited from a redshirt year, but the Hoyas needed him to play and he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds while making 17 starts. No Hoya worked harder during the offseason than Hibbert, who is stronger, more fit, more mobile and more confident. There were times last season when Hibbert (Georgetown Prep) wouldn't even face up to the basket when he received a pass. Not anymore. "He's not hesitant when he gets the ball down in the paint; he feels like he can score from there," teammate Ashanti Cook said. "When you throw it down to him, he's looking to make a move or get somebody open."
Sixteen-Team Big East Tournament: The coaches would prefer that all 16 teams travel to Madison Square Garden for the Big East tournament, rather than just the top 12. But the league's decision makes sense, from a logistical standpoint as well as a competitive one. "We're trying to win a national championship," Commissioner Mike Tranghese said. "To take our best teams and force them to play four straight days in a row and then turn around and go play in the NCAA tournament [a week later], I think it's a formula for disaster." In the past 10 Big East tournaments, only four teams that finished lower than 10th in the standings advanced to the semifinals, and none played in the championship game.