BOSTON (CBS) – “It is a great time to be a Terrier.”
Those were the words spoken by Boston University Women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg, who is just one of three BU coaches with a big game slated for Saturday.
The BU Men’s basketball team will start the afternoon off with their American East championship match with Stoney Brook at Agganis Arena at Noon. The Terriers can clinch their first NCAA tournament berth since 2002, and seventh overall.
A win would give BU their 11th straight victory, a great way to close out a season that started with many questions.
“We started to realize we could be pretty good if we share the ball a little bit more, if we defended a little bit harder, rebounded a little more,” head coach Patrick Chambers said of their recent turnaround. “We spent more time together, over holiday break you really get to spend time together because the kids don’t need to go to school. It started to all come together because of them in the locker room. I genuinely feel these guys love each other.”
BU Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Chambers Talks About His Team’s Turnaround
The BU Men are not the only ones fighting for a tournament bid. The BU Women host Hartford at Case Gym at 7 p.m., also for the America East title.
“It means everything,” forward Kerry Cashman said. “It feels great to play in Case one last time as a senior, having that home court advantage is pumping us up.”
“It think for all of us it would be a dream come true,” junior Caroline Stewart said. “Just to represent BU. All of our hard work this year; we want to put it into this game.”
“To have your family and friends here, at our home court where we practice everyday it means a lot,” Greenberg said. “Especially the last 10-15 years, all the alum that never had this opportunity, it means a lot to them as well. We’re excited for the whole BU community.”
The BU Women Talks About Their NCAA Tournament Chances
The BU Women’s hockey team is also in action Saturday, as they host Mercyhurst at Walter Brown Arena at 3 p.m. in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
“There’s no doubt there’s a buzz on campus,” Chambers said. “We’ve got three (games) on Saturday, it’s going to be awesome. I’m excited. I’m excited for the alums, the university. I hope everyone comes out because it’s going to be a lot of fun. Hopefully we get a sweep.”