NIT: Five things about the Terriers

NIT: Five things about the Terriers

— Boston earned an automatic bid into the NIT by winning the Patriot League regular season title. The Terriers (24-10) lost in the conference tournament championship game to American.

— The Terriers enter the NIT with an RPI of 86. Their best win this season was an 83-77 triumph against future Big Ten member Maryland on the road Dec. 21.

— Boston’s top players are sophomore guard Maurice Watson and senior guard D.J. Irving. Watson was a first-team All-Patriot League selection after averaging 13.5 points and 6.9 assists. Irving (12.2 ppg) was a second-team pick.

— The Terriers are making their first NIT appearance since 2005, when they lost 64-34 to Georgetown in a first-round game. The last NCAA appearance was a 72-53 loss to Kansas in the round of 64 in 2011 under current Penn State coach Patrick Chambers.

— Boston plays its home games at Agganis Arena, a 7,200-seat venue that is also the home of the Terriers’ men’s and women’s hockey programs. It was built in 2005.

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PortlandIllini wrote on March 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

One thing the Illini should know for certain:   This will be like a Final Four game for Boston University.    We saw the same thing a couple of years ago when Illinios played at Stony Brook.  This is BU's opportunity to beat a Big Ten team on their home court.   Expect the fans to be crazy loud at the start.    I expect that Coach Groce to emphasize the importance of taking control early in the game

billdave wrote on March 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  It will be interesting. BU will probably play like world beaters unless Illini clamp down on defense early. Looks like the pace of game and who controls it will be the biggest issue. Groces plan of attack and adjustments the key to victory.