Thursday, January 20, 2011

From the FreeP: Great expectations for BU in America East play

By Luke Coughlan and René Reyes/DFP Staff

Patrick Chambers and his Boston University men’s basketball team don’t need any added pressure to win the America East conference title this season.

The Terriers’ 21-win campaign in 2009-10, their appearance in last year’s AE championship game and their semifinal showing in the third-annual College Basketball Invitational brought unfair expectations for this young, unproven squad.

Being tabbed as the favorite in the AE preseason coaches’ poll for the fourth straight year doesn’t make things any easier.

“I keep it simple and tell them, ‘We need to be the best team that we can be by the end of the year,’” Chambers said. “We already put enough pressure on ourselves, so we don’t need any extra. Our goal is to keep working hard every day, create good habits and create an environment that’s intense and similar to a game.

“We’re getting there. We’ve got young guys…They might be able to play 20 minutes. They’re not able, right now, to play 40. I’ve got to play those guys, and if I don’t play them, I’m an idiot…I’ve got to get them ready for the league.”


No comments: