Aug. 9, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A strong finish to the 2012-13 season and key returning players gives Boston University a great chance to compete right away for the Patriot League title.
The Terriers had a 9-3 stretch to conclude last year's campaign, which included a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament against Loyola University Maryland. Boston brings back the nucleus that led the way, with D.J. Irving and Dom Morris standing among the top players in the Patriot League.
Below, take a look at quick facts for Boston University men's basketball and five questions with Head Coach Joe Jones. For the BU men's basketball home page go here
Boston University Men's Basketball Quick Facts
*Overall Record: 1,077-1,042
*First Season: 1901-02
*All-time record vs. Patriot League opponents: 52-83 (10-11 vs. schools playing as Patriot League members)
*America East Championships: 6 (1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2011)
*NCAA Tournament Appearances: 7 (1959, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2011)
*Head Coach: Joe Jones (3rd Season at BU, 33-29)
*Home court: Agganis Arena (7,200)/Case Gym (1,800)
Five Questions with Head Coach Joe Jones
Q: Last year's team played very well in the second half of the season...with all of your key players back, how does that experience help going into this year?
A: I think last year was helpful in a lot of different ways. First off, there's no substitute for experience. We were able to play our freshmen a lot of valuable minutes, and our veteran players really embraced the leadership role they were thrown into. That being said, last year's success doesn't guarantee anything for this season. It's a new season in a new league, and we are approaching the year excited to work hard each and every day.
Q: D.J. Irving and Dom Morris are two of the most experienced and accomplished players back in the Patriot League this season....talk about the impact you expect them to have this season?
D.J. and Dom have seen quite a bit in their careers. They're guys who have been starters since their freshman year and who have won a championship before. Now they're trying to help our younger players understand what it takes to win. This year, I'm expecting them to continue to work hard every day and to really set the tone for our season with their effort and focus.
Q: What does it mean to your team and program to have increased exposure at Agganis Arena this season?
A: I think that moving to Agganis is a big step as we try to grow our program. Agganis is a beautiful arena and definitely among the best mid-major facilities in the country. Our players and fans alike are very excited as we hope to bring our home court advantage from The Roof over to Agganis!
Q: Talk about the competition in the Patriot League...what are your impressions of the teams and coaches you will be facing this season?
A: The Patriot League is an excellent league. There weren't too many conferences in the country last year that can say they had two players drafted, including a top 10 pick. In recent years, we've seen Patriot League schools win NCAA tournament games. From top to bottom, the league is filled with great coaches whose teams play the games the right way and are true student-athletes. We are very proud to be competing in the Patriot League.
Q: What are your goals in the first season of Patriot League play?
A: Every year that we are in the Patriot League, our goal will be to win it. However, we do not define our season in championships. We want to work hard each and every day. We strive to compete at the highest level and our goal is to continue to improve throughout the season, so that we can be the best team we can be when March comes.