Bad news for the Terriers, as injuries will keep two BU players off the court for Friday's game, and possibly longer.
Senior forward Scott Brittain has been dealing with the effects of his most recent concussion for some time, and this morning head coach Pat Chambers confirmed that Brittain will not play when the Terriers travel to New Rochelle, NY, for their season opener at Iona College. More unexpected was news of a concussion suffered by freshman guard B.J. Bailey, who will also not see the floor on Friday while he recovers. Given the nature of concussions and the necessary caution in allowing a concussed player to return to action, Chambers did not offer a specific timetable for either player's return.
Per Chambers, the minutes Bailey was expected to see will most likely go to senior swingman Sherrod Smith. Smith appeared in nine games for the Terriers last season, including extended playing time against the University of Hartford on March 1, when he produced five points and two steals in 16 minutes. Brittain's absence opens up increased minutes for sophomore center Jeff Pelage, and senior forward Valdas Sirutis may also figure into the mix.