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.
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Boston University Terriers
2003-04: 23-6, 17-1, 1st
2003-04 postseason: NIT
By Joel Welser
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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