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BU: We’re no real 16

Boston University reached its first goal this year: Winning America East. Goal No. 2? Making history.

Boston University reached its first goal this year: Winning America East.

Goal No. 2?

Making history.

Hey, you can’t spell “Bracket Buster” without “BU.”

To do that — to beat top-seeded and heavily favored Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament — the Terriers will have to get together as a team.

Because it won’t be easy.

“They came in with a very serious, business-like approach,” coach Patrick Chambers said of his team’s first practice after the seeding announcement. “I would say a KG [Kevin Garnett] approach.”

BU goes into Friday’s game riding an 11-game winning streak. They have a chance, however slim, to become the first No. 16 seed ever to knock off a No. 1 seed.

But don’t tell them they’re a 16 seed.

“I just said to the guys, ‘You’re labeled. You’re labeled as a 16 seed,’” Chambers said. “I truly believe we’re not a 16 seed. That’s just a number that was put upon us. We’re a good basketball team and this is the next game on our schedule, and that’s the way we’re going to treat it.

“We’re not going to treat this as ‘Davis vs. Goliath’, ‘shock the world;’ none of that stuff. That might work for three or four minutes in this game. It’s a 40-minute basketball game.”

There’s a good chance the Terriers will trail at some point. That’s when they’ll have to look back at their dramatic comeback in the America East championship game.

“I think we have confidence right now,” Chambers said. “We have confidence in every situation possible over the last few weeks.”

 
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