Two topics to get to before the Irish tip-off in their second exhibition game tonight.
The Big East Tournament will expand to 16 teams next season, allowing all its schools to participate. There will be an additional round to include everyone, but the best teams will still only play three or four games. This should add a little more predictability to the tournament, giving the better schools a greater opportunity to advance.
"The new format will have the teams seeded 9 through 16 meet on the first day of competition. The matchups will be No. 9 vs. No. 16, No. 10 vs. No. 15, No. 11 vs. No. 14 and No. 12 vs. No. 13. The winners of those four games will meet seeds 5 through 8 on the second day of play. The 9/16 winner will advance to play the No. 8 seed. The 10/15 winner will play the No. 7 seed. The 11/14 winner will meet the No. 6 seed. The 12/13 winner will play the No. 5 seed."
The Irish have received a commitment from high school junior Joey Brooks. He is a three-star guard on both Scout and Rivals from Houston Texas. Glad to see he liked his visit and plans to sign for Notre Dame over Marquette and a few other schools. Signing day is a ways off however...