Big East teams haven't even stepped on the court for their first official practices and two of the conference's elite players will miss extended preseason time.
Pittsburgh senior guard Levance Fields is out for an unspecified period after having a second operation on his left foot. Fields was out seven weeks last season after breaking the foot, and averaged approximately 12 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game.
Interesting side note: If Fields is unable to go in the squad's Nov. 14 opener against Farleigh Dickinson, freshman Travon Woodall is expected to assume the point guard role. Woodall, a 2008 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, played alongside highly-touted Rutgers freshman Mike Rosario on a Bob Hurley-coached squad that finished 32-0 last season.
Additionally, Louisville senior forward Terrance Williams is out four to six weeks after having successful knee surgery this week. He had suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee during a pickup game on Tuesday. Williams has over 1,100 points in his career playing for Rick Pitino and posted two triple-doubles last year.