Scouting Report: Boston U.

Boston University pulled a mild upset by beating Florida State in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic. The Terriers are coming off an NCAA appearance and hope that the win over the ‘Noles will get things started for a run back to the Big Dance. Pulling an upset over Arizona would really give them some momentum heading into America East Conference play.

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Boston U. Terriers (5-5) at No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (6-1)
Date: Monday, Dec. 30, 2002
Time: approx. 7 p.m. MST
Location: Olson Court at McKale Center (14,545), Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network/KNST (790-AM) (Brian Jeffries/Joe Nehls)
Spanish Radio: KXEW (1600-AM)
TV: Fox Sports Net Arizona (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)

The Terriers have played an ambitious schedule, but have struggled against major conference opponents. In a losing effort, Boston gave Stanford all they could handle at Maples, then were handed big losses to teams like George Washington, Boston College and St. Joseph's.

BU plays a patient style at on offense, likes to keep the score low and will try to slow down the game. They feature just one player who averages double figures in scoring. They play aggressive defense and will work on offense to get a good look, especially behind the arc. They shoot under 40% as a team and average just 37.7 rebounds a game.

Chaz Carr led the team in scoring a year ago, but has seen his scoring average cut by more than half this season. The good news for the 6-0 sophomore is that he has been in double figures the past two games. Carr is a small, quick guard, not unlike a poor man's version of Jason Gardner or Will Bynum. He is aggressive on defense and has a nice stroke from the outside.

Matt Turner is Carr's backcourt mate and, despite being the team's second leading scorer, is more of a pass first type of guard. Turner averages 9.7 ppg and dishes out a team high 3.1 apg.

Kevin Fitzgerald is the first guard off the bench, but does little offensively. Phil Seymour gives them some size off the bench and Shaun Wynn has played well when given the opportunity.

The Terriers lack size in the backcourt and that could be beneficial for the Wildcats. Jason Gardner is quicker than anyone on BU's roster and could use this game as a chance to right his shooting woes. Salim Stoudamire finally appears healthy and had one of his better games against Davidson.

Chris Rodgers logged his most significant time and is pushing Will Bynum for playing time. Neither player can afford many mistakes in their quest to crack the rotation. Hassan Adams could have a field day against the smaller Terrier defenders if he is used at the two-guard spot.

The Terriers frontcourt lack height and size, but are versatile. No player that sees any significant time stands taller than 6-8 and they don't rebound very well. Jason Grochowalski, Ryan Butt and Rashad Bell join the talented Billy Collins in the frontcourt.

Collins leads the Terriers in scoring and has played well against good teams. The 6-7 forward has played best against the better opponents on the schedule. Against Florida State he scored 15 points. He can be a force on the boards, registering double digit rebounds on four occasions, but his last two games has seen him grab a total of three rebounds.

The Arizona big men could feast on the smaller BU players. Channing Frye has shown signs of turning things around and could put up big numbers shooting over the smaller terriers. Since playing more aggressively over the last game and a half, Frye has started to resemble the player that was so dominant in Pac-10 play.

If Rick Anderson does not return to the line-up, expect Luke Walton to return to power forward, splitting time with Dennis Latimore. Either way, Walton will prove to be a huge match-up problem for BU. Isaiah Fox and Latimore should be able to out-muscle anyone BU. has and it could be a long night for the Terriers.

OUTLOOK: Arizona looks close to clicking on all cylinders. They handled a decent Davidson team with relative ease and Davidson is a better team than Boston U.. For Boston U. to pull off the upset they will have to slow the pace of the game and have a phenomenal shooting night. More likely, they will be unable to do either. Expect the Terriers to make it a game early, but they just don't have the personnel to hang with the Wildcats.

Prediction: Arizona 96, Boston U. 71

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