Boston Celtics: Boston University
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.
BOSTON -- For a moment, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce considered how to at least phrase his biased opinion politely as not to offend the region's only NCAA tournament-bound hoops squad. But they don't call him The Truth for nothing.
Asked his thoughts on top-seeded Kansas drawing 16th-seeded Boston University in the opening round of this year's tournament, Pierce apologized in advanced for the Terriers' impending early exit.
"Man, I’m in a tough predicament because you know -- well, it’s not that tough of a predicament: Everybody knows that I am a Kansas alumni and BU’s season is going to be over next week," said Pierce. "I’m sorry, I still love you guys. I’ll guarantee we won’t lose the first game."
Pierce wasn't quite willing to put his money where his mouth was, denying an opportunity to offer a penance should Kansas get upset. But BU can take solace in the fact that Celtics top reserve Glen Davis will be rooting for the Terriers.
"I want to give a shoutout to BU," said Davis. "That was a wonderful game [BU's 56-54 win over Stony Brook Saturday in the America East championship game]. I was watching that game, those guys, they pulled it off. I just love to watch games like that when people think you're down and out, then you come back and you win. That's team camaraderie. I just loved the energy that was there. I was watching the game from my room and it was just unbelievable, and I wanted to give a shoutout to BU. I hope they beat Kansas."
Informed of Pierce's guarantee of a Kansas victory, Davis couldn't engage in much trash talk. Asked what he might say to Pierce, Davis admitted he couldn't get too uppity given his school's standing.
"Nothing, because LSU is not in the tourney," said Davis. "I've got to talk about Kansas and my team's not even there, so BU's going to fight hard and that's what it's about."
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