Jeff Green, exercising his usual modesty, said 7-foot-2-inch center Roy Hibbert is the leader of Final Four-bound Georgetown.
Hibbert said without a doubt that it's Green, who happens to be the Big East player of the year.
When asked to break the tie, coach John Thompson III also didn't hesitate. His answer: none of the above.
Not Hibbert nor Green nor even Jonathan Wallace, the savvy point guard. Not the other starting guard, Jessie Sapp. Not emerging freshman DaJuan Summers.
Nope. The coach said the team's leader is junior swingman Tyler Crawford, who has started one game in his college career and this season is averaging a modest 2.1 points per game.
"You see us on the court 36 times, naturally you make judgments about the team and who the leaders are and who the leaders aren't," Thompson said. "But that's just 36 days out of the year. The other 320-plus, he's someone that day-in, day-out, in the locker room, in the dorms, is the leader. It's his commitment, it's his work ethic, it's his belief in how we're doing it."
Crawford is one-fourth of the recruiting class that has turned Georgetown around and will lead the Hoyas (30-6) into Saturday's national semifinal against Ohio State (34-3). Crawford, Green, Hibbert, and Wallace arrived as freshmen during Thompson's first year, determined to restore the Hoyas to their former glory. The other three were instant starters, while Crawford bided his time.
Pearl is staying Bruce Pearl
says he's happy at Tennessee and won't consider leaving now. The men's basketball coach was contacted yesterday by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta
, who got clearance from Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton
to talk to Pearl, a former Iowa assistant. Pearl told Barta he was not leaving Tennessee, and said, "This is where I want to be. I want to be here as long as they'll be happy with me here." . . . Niagara coach Joe Mihalich
agreed to a multiyear contract extension, a reward for leading the Purple Eagles to their second NCAA Tournament berth in three years . . . Darris Nichols
hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift West Virginia to 63-62 victory over Mississippi State in the semifinals of the NIT in New York. Nichols finished with 17 points and Frank Young
added 16 to help the Mountaineers (26-9) advance to the NIT finals (tomorrow, 7 p.m.) for the first time since winning the title in 1942 . . . In the other semi, K.C. Rivers
scored 19 points as Clemson held on to beat Air Force, 68-67. Trevor Booker
added 13 points for Clemson (25-10).
Duke has given Texas permission to speak to Gail Goestenkors
about replacing retired Hall of Famer Jody Conradt
as the Longhorns' women's basketball coach, a Duke team official said. Duke spokesman Lindy Brown
said Texas officials asked Monday to speak to Goestenkors, the seven-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, and athletic director Joe Alleva
granted the request. Conradt retired March 12 when the Longhorns missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. Goestenkors's top-ranked Blue Devils (32-2), the overall No. 1 seed, were upset by Rutgers last week . . . Jeff Walz
was hired as the women's coach at Louisville after spending the last five seasons as a Maryland assistant . . . The son of N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe
faces more than 20 charges, ranging from armed robbery to drug possession, in connection with two separate attacks. University of North Carolina at Greensboro police said 21-year-old Sidney R. Lowe Jr
., 21, was charged with nine counts, including a felony of aiding and abetting attempted armed robbery in connection the shooting of a man in a campus dorm last Saturday. Lowe's attorney, Locke Clifford
, said Greensboro police also filed 13 charges -- including six counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon -- against his client in connection with an incident March 16.
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