Friday, March 18, 2011
BU channels its inner KG
By Chris Forsberg
Two things to watch for those without a rooting interest in Friday's Boston University vs. Kansas battle in the first round of the NCAA tournament:
1) Celtics radio play-by-play man Sean Grande has a friendly bet with Paul Pierce that, if BU pulls off the upsets of all upsets, the Celtics captain would have to don the full Terriers mascot outfit. If top-seeded Kansas wins, Grande will wear a Jayhawks cap during a Celtics broadcast and donate some of his time to Pierce's children's health initiative.
2) Boston University is using Kevin Garnett as their inspiration. We'll let ESPN.com's Jack McCluskey explain in this BU-Kansas preview:
Junior tri-captain Patrick Hazel called out a new stretch to his teammates, and as they echoed the call and changed the stretch, Chambers clapped and added his voice to theirs: "KG approach now, let's go!"
Yes, Kevin Garnett has become the model for Chambers' Terriers, the America East champions who will face the Big 12 champion Kansas Jayhawks in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
And while none of the Terriers can boast of having the physical gifts of Garnett, they're trying hard to adapt his all-business mindset, to stress defense and rebounding over offense, to talk constantly on the court and to stay hungry -- even after tasting success.
"Practice [Monday] was much better than I thought it was going to be," Chambers said. "I thought we were still going to have that little effect of feeling happy, excited, we just won a championship, not coming in with that willingness to get better. I thought they did a really good job of coming in, businesslike -- again, KG approach -- and we worked hard."
The Terriers say they aren't sated by their league title and the school's first berth in the Big Dance since 2002. They won't just bask in the limelight of the tournament and accept that a loss to Kansas is a fait accompli.
"We're not just glad to be there; we want to compete," Hazel said.