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BU tourney mantra: ‘You got to believe’

Upsetting Kansas is old hat for the family of Terriers’ Matt Griffin.

The NCAA tournament has already seen its fair share of upsets — to the surprise of nobody.

But when No. 16 Boston University takes the court Friday night against No. 1 Kansas, they’ll have a chance to provide the biggest upset in March Madness history.

Luckily for BU, upsets over Kansas run in the blood of one Terrier.

Junior guard Matt Griffin is the younger brother of John Griffin, who was on the 14th-seeded Bucknell team that upset No. 3 Kansas in the 2005 first round.

While nobody can compare the two Kansas teams now — or Bucknell and BU — Griffin learned from his brother.

“My brother, he just believed,” Griffin said. “He really believed in his team, he believed in himself and really that’s what it takes. You got to believe.”

Of course, it will take more than well-wishes to overcome what is considered one of the best teams in this year’s tournament. That’s where “BU basketball” comes into play.

“We’re just going to go in and play 40 minutes as hard as we can, as together as we can, and just play BU basketball,” Griffin said. “It’s playing hard, it’s playing together, it’s playing with pride and it’s playing smart. And that’s what we focus on.”

One player who’s done all of those things consistently this year is John Holland.

He’s not ready for his storybook season to end just yet.

“We’re competitors; we’re basketball players just like anybody in the country,” Holland said.

 
 
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