First-year Boston University coach Pat Chambers was eager to see his team get a chance to continue playing.
"I think we would all like to put the uniform on one more time," Chambers said, asked about the local area teams waiting for the phone call.
"I think they all want to just get back out there and knock some down, but it's not up to us. With the CBI you are not guaranteed anything. But I thought we put ourselves in a position where we should be considered."
The College Basketball Invitational did call, and BU is going to the postseason.
The Terriers, who lost at Vermont in the America East title game to go to 19-13 on the season, will travel across country to face 2009 CBI champion Oregon State.
The Beavers come into this tournament with a losing record, going 14-17 overall, 8-10 in the Pac-10.
Pat Chambers, first year at BU, first year in CBI.
HOW THEY GOT
HERE: BU, the preseason pick to win the conference, got hot down
the stretch, going 6-1 in February and then winning two games in the league
tournament, the second win over No. 1 seed Stony Brook. The Terriers then
lost the conference title game and the automatic bid.
KEYS TO VICTORY:
G Corey Lowe was mired in a long shooting slump before
catching fire in the America East tournament, scoring 74 points and going
15-for-25 from 3-point range. When he's shooting, his head is in the game
and he's also an excellent distributor. F John Holland didn't
have a good tournament but leads the conference in scoring and can go off
at any time. He also tends to play well on the road, running up 41 points
at Delaware in the BrackerBusters game.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I'm delighted for our team and especially our nine seniors. They deserve
to finish their careers in the postseason and have the opportunity to compete
for a championship." -- BU coach Pat Chambers, after
his team was invited to the CBI.
Boston University returns
to the postseason for the first time since playing in the 2005 NIT.
This will be the Terriers'
12th postseason appearance: six NCAAs and five NITs.
The Terriers had lost
both games of the regular season against Stony Brook before winning, and
they hoped to do the same thing against Vermont, but it didn't work out.
BU lost the conference title game to the Catamounts.
BU made its first visit
to the conference title game since 2003 and was seeking its first title
became the third America East rookie coach to take his team to the league
title game, joining Northeastern's Karl Fogel (1987) and Vermont's Mike Lonergan (2006) in that accomplishment.
- F John Holland was named to the All-America East team, while G Corey Lowe made second team. F Jake O'Brien earned third-team honors, and G Carlos Strong made the All-Defensive team.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SCOUTING REPORT: Boston University has veteran talent. This is a team full of seniors who were able to buy into what first-year coach Pat Chambers was preaching. The Terriers have several different weapons, most of them from outside. There isn't much of an inside game here and teams can beat up these guys on the boards, but if they get hot from outside, notably G Corey Lowe (15-for-25 from 3-point range in the America East tournament), watch out.
Boston University 87, Hartford 46 (America East tournament quarterfinals)
Boston University 70, Stony Brook 63 (America East tournament semifinals)
Vermont 83, Boston University 70 (America East final)
at Oregon State, Wednesday, March 17, CIT first round.
G Corey Lowe
was spectacular in the three games in the conference tournament. He scored
26 points against Hartford and 24 in the win over Stony Brook. He then scored
24 in a losing bid at Vermont, finishing that game with 1,803 career points,
third on BU's all-time scoring list. His 309 3-pointers are a school record.
He was 15-for-25 from behind the arc in the tournament
F Jake O'Brien
scored a career-high 28 points in the semifinal game against Stony Brook
and then had 17 in the final game
G Corey Lowe
and F Jake O'Brien made the all-tournament team
- F Scott Brittain
did not play at all this season because of career-ending head injuries
- G B.J. Bailey,
the only freshman on the roster, left the team
- F Patrick Hazel (Marquette) and guards Matt Griffin (Rider) and Darryl Pattin (La Salle) are transfers sitting out the season
According to OSU's official website, the game will not be televised, with CBI television carrier HDNet choosing to broadcast Duquesne @ Princeton and Colorado State @ Morehead instead. The OSU-Boston U game can be heard over the Beaver Sports Radio Network.