"I probably expect to get booed but that's alright—I've got a new team and they have my back," Chambliss said.
Chambliss does not expect much fanfare from his former teammates, predicting a handshake at the beginning, but then getting down to business. However, even if the crowd is less than friendly, Chambliss is guaranteed at least a few friendly faces in the stands. When Chambliss was a player at Penn State, Bruce and Kim Burke and their two children took him in during the holidays, developing what Chambliss said was "a great relationship."
But despite the emotions surrounding his return, Chambliss' focus remains centered on bouncing back from a tough loss last Tuesday against Illinois at the Kohl Center, when he finished with 14 points. And while time has lapsed since he left the confines of the Bryce Jordan Center and things are different, he still has been able to give his Badger teammates a few pointers.
"I'm looking forward to going out there, being with my new team, and doing everything I can to get this win," Chambliss said. "We're coming off a tough loss, so obviously we want to bounce back."
The last time the two teams faced one another and Chambliss was on the floor was in February 2003, when the Badgers suffered a 58-57 loss after leading by 8 with a minute and a half to go in the game. Chambliss finished with 16 points, including back-to-back 3s in the final two minutes to spark the Lions' rally. Now it is the Badgers who will look to Chambliss to turn things around after four straight losses in State College, Pa.
"The team looks to me for excitement and energy," Chambliss said. "I'm here now and I'm with the right team and we're going to go in there and get stuff done."