John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas will again look to be the surprise of the Big East after finishing fifth in the conference last season.
Shocking wins over ranked teams early in the season last year put the Hoyas on college basketball's radar screen. This year they won't have the luxury of sneaking up on anyone.
The Hoyas lost three starters from last year's team. Thompson III's biggest task will be replacing those players with his returning talent and a few prize recruits.
Georgetown's schedule is loaded with the usual Big East juggernauts, and out-of-conference games that will be just as tough.
Can the Hoyas break through again this season and be a serious threat to the elite programs in the nation?
Here are a few ways Thompson III can lead the Hoyas to glory this season.