Boston University Terriers - Preview

A preview of Boston University for tonight's 7 PM away game for the Michigan men's basketball team.

America East Conference
2004-05: 20-9, 14-4, 3rd
2004-05 postseason: NIT

The top three scorers are gone, but Boston University has plenty of experienced players returning. The Terriers stalled at the end of the season, losing four of their last five games including an opening round NIT match-up against Georgetown. As freshmen last year, Tony Gaffney, Matt Wolff and Bryan Geffen played a small, but important role off the bench. This year they will need to handle more minutes and continue to develop for BU to be successful.

Who's Out: Rashad Bell, Chaz Carr and Etienne Brower are all gone. Bell led the team in points and rebounds with 15.6 and 5.8. Carr was the floor leader and tacked on 13.1 points. Brower quit the team after averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 boards during his sophomore season.

Who's In: Freshmen forwards Ben Coblyn and Ibrahim Konate both redshirted last season due to injury. They should be able to amply contribute off the bench. Konate, a native of Bamako, Mali averaged 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots as a senior at Sharon (PA) High School. A year later he averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks at Worcester Academy. Corey Hassan, a 6-4 swingman, has outstanding shooting range. As a freshman, he should play a role coming off the bench as a deep threat. Point guard Marques Johnson will see some minutes backing up returning point guard Shaun Wynn and Bryan Geffen. Also vying for minutes running the point is Brian Macon, a transfer from Miami Dade College, and incoming freshman from Lawrenceville North (IN) High School, Tyler Morris.

Who to Watch: Guard Shaun Wynn is ready to take over the leadership role on the court for his senior campaign. He's been starting since he was a sophomore, putting up decent numbers. Last year he averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 assists, while only turning the ball over 1.5 times per game. His scoring went down as a junior, but he may be asked to try and score more often this season with the top three scorers gone. He has the ability to put up some decent points, like last season against Harvard when he went 5-for-5 from behind the arc and scored 19 points.

Projected Conference Rank: The America East conference is up for grabs with the departure of Northeastern and the absence of Tom Brennan, Taylor Coppenrath and T.J. Sorrentine at Vermont. A 1st place finish in the conference will not be easy for the Terriers, but they could surprise the likes of Albany, Maine and Binghamton for the coveted conference title.

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

Projected Starting Five:
Bryan Geffen, Sophomore, Guard, 3.0 points per game
Shaun Wynn, Senior, Guard, 6.2 points per game
Matt Wolf, Sophomore, Guard, 4.3 points per game
Tony Gaffney, Sophomore, Forward, 3.1 points per game
Kevin Gardner, Senior, Forward, 7.3 points per game

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