Thursday, January 31, 2013

From the FreeP: Men’s basketball saying goodbye to America East

By Michael Bagarella/DFP Staff 

Farewell Tour

When the Boston University men’s basketball team travels to Hartford, CT. Saturday, it will officially begin its final go-around as a member of the America East Conference.

After this season, all BU sports — with the exception of men’s and women’s ice hockey, which will remain in the prestigious Hockey East — will move from the America East to the Patriot League. Since joining the America East in 1979, BU (11–10, 5–3 America East) has made the NIT four times (2002-2005) and the NCAA tournament once as a 16-seed in 2011 when it lost to then-No. 1 University of Kansas in the first round.

At one point, current University of Louisville head coach and former Boston Celtics head coach Rick Pitino, coached the Terriers.

“A lot of the coaches in this league are guys that I have been friends with a long time,” said BU coach Joe Jones. “Situations happen. I don’t know if any of the coaches were involved, but people made decisions.”


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