A brief, sort-of preview

A one-day turnaround doesn’t allow for much of a preview, so here’s some background info on the Terriers. They’re admittedly the underdog in this tournament, a mid-to-low major team from the America East Conference, which is sort of out of its class compared to even George Mason of the CAA. They are, however, an experienced group with six seniors — there are eight on the roster, though one is injured and another didn’t make the trip because he’s an engineering major and couldn’t afford to miss the class. They return three players who averaged double-digits last season, led by 6-5 junior forward John Holland, who scored 18.1 points a game and grabbed 5.5 rebounds. They also return 6-2 senior guard Corey Low (17.1 ppg) and 6-8 sophomore forward Jake OBrien (12.5) ppg.

Boston is in the midst of a coaching transition. Patrick Chambers, a 39-year-old, Newton Square, Pa. native is in his first year after working for Villanova for the last five years. He takes over for Dennis Wolff, who was at Boston for 15 years, but was strangely let go after a 17-13 season. He had the best career record in school history at 247-197.

Chambers spoke highly of the discipline Wolff installed in his team, but said there is still a significant transition because Wolff’s offense includes a lot of sets and Chambers’ does not. He wants his team to be more free-wheeling and make decisions on the run, which is contrary to what they’re used to.

8 comments

  1. “didn’t make the trip because he’s an engineering major and couldn’t afford to miss the class”

    If I needed to hire an engineer, this would be the guy. If you prefer engineering class to playing basketball with your buddies in Puerto Rico, that not only makes you a passionate engineer, but probably even a Ninjaneer.

  2. On the other hand it could mean the kid needs all the classroom and study time he can get(by engineering school standards.) But it does show he has his priorities.

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