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BU basketball: Not easy being an NCAA 16 seed

Since the tournament expanded in 1985, no No. 1 seed has ever gone down. Even against ridiculous odds, it’s surely still a thrill for Terriers.

Upon hearing the news that his alma mater would be playing Boston University in the NCAA tournament’s round of 64 this Friday, Kansas alum Paul Pierce said exactly what everybody was thinking about BU’s chances.

“Everybody knows that I am a Kansas alumni and BU’s season is going to be over next week,” Pierce said. “I’m sorry, I still love you guys. I’ll guarantee we won’t lose the first game.”

Kinda harsh, but Pierce has a point.

A No. 16 seed has never knocked off a No. 1 seed since the men’s NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. That’s right: No. 1 seeds are 104-0 to this point, and only a dozen or so of those games could actually have been considered competitive.

Usually hailing from tiny conferences, the No. 16 seeds have played within 10 points of their heavyweight rivals only a handful of times. Just once — Michigan State versus Murray State in 1990 — has one of the contests gone to overtime.

Likewise, only four 15th-seeded teams have knocked off No. 2 seeds, with Hampton the last to do so, a decade ago.

Getting in the tournament is great, of course. Getting in as a No. 15 or 16 seed??Good luck with that.

On one hand, the mid-major underdogs get the publicity, experience and lifetime memories of being part of the Big Dance. On the other hand, there’s something like a 90 percent chance they’ll get run out of the gym.

Of course, it’s pretty obvious which of those “hands” wins out. The Terriers would definitely have a shot at making waves in a lesser tournament, but who would care? Bring on the insurmountable odds on the big stage.

Kansas a major favorite in Vegas

Boston University’s 11-game winning streak didn’t exactly wow oddsmakers when it came time to set the line for the Terriers’ matchup with powerhouse Kansas.

The?Jayhawks are generally giving 22.5 points in Friday’s contest, with an over/under set around 137.

That means a bet on BU comes out a winner if the Terriers manage to even keep the game relatively close. The over/under is the total number of points scored.

 
 
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