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Beginning Monday, June 21st, 2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the opening day of the 2004-05 Season.

 

Bookmark the 144 Teams in 144 Days home page, and check back each day to see which team is previewed next.


 

#82 Boston University Terriers
America East
2003-04: 23-6, 17-1, 1st
2003-04 postseason: NIT


By Joel Welser



If you take out the first three games and the last two games, Boston U was 23-1 in 2003-2004.  Unfortunately those last two games were a conference tournament shocker to Stony Brook and an NIT opening round game against Rhode Island.  Those last two losses will make a season disappointing, despite winning 23 of their previous 24 games.  The Terriers return enough talent to make another run to the postseason.

Who’s Out: Starters Kevin Fitzgerald and Ryan Butt are gone.  Fitzgerald led the team with three assists per contest.  He wasn’t much of a scorer, averaging just 3.4 points.  Forward Butt scored 8.8 points and grabbed 4.4 rebounds per game.  Jason Grochowalski averaged 9.3 points in just 17.1 minutes per game.  Guard Matt Turner scored 7.4 points and dished out 1.7 assists per game.  While those four will be missed, their production shouldn’t be hard to replace.  Fitzgerald’s point guard skills and floor leadership will be the most difficult to replace.  Also running out of eligibility is little used Daniel Daccarett.

Who’s In: Head coach Dennis Wolff is bringing in a solid class that should be able to fill in minutes for the starters.  Guards Bryan Geffen and coach’s son Matt Wolff could see some minutes backing up the starting guards.  A trio of forwards will fill in underneath.  Ben Coblyn is the biggest of the bunch at 6-8 and 246 pounds.  Small forward Ibrahim Konate is 6-8 and 196 pounds.  Tony Gaffney is an athletic and resourceful player, but at 6-8 and only 185 pounds, he needs to put on some more muscle to compete under the basket.  Forward Omari Peterkin is eligible for the second semester after transferring from Notre Dame.

Who to Watch: The Terriers will be led by senior Chaz Carr.  Last year, the 6-0 guard led the squad with 13 points per game.  While Carr is a scorer first, he might have to run some point if Shawn Wynn or Pat Martin aren’t up for the job.  Carr is a solid shooter from everywhere on the floor and, with only two seniors on the team, his leadership will be invaluable. 

Projected Conference Rank: Once again the Terriers should end up on top of the America East conference.  Barring another conference tournament melt down, they will be dancing come March.

Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA

 

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