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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Line up the troops!

At Fake BU, the lineup means standing in front of a giant ruler and a witness behind glass. At the Real BU, however, it means the five guys who are going to lead Coach Chambers into his inaugural season on the court.

Projecting the Terriers' starting lineup and depth chart will not be as easy this year as it seems. Even if Chambers didn't bring in any of his own guys this year, he's bringing his own system and philosophies and we may not know how the players fit into his schemes.

That said, we've seen what all but one of these guys can do so we have a pretty good starting point. What can we expect to begin the season? My guess:

1: Corey Lowe
2: Carlos Strong
3: John Holland
4: Jake O'Brien
5: Scott Brittain

I think this is the year that 'Los sheds the "6th Man" label and gets a chance to start every game. The other option is throwing Tyler in at the point and moving Corey off the ball, but Tyler was a little less effective last year after coming back from injury. Chambers may feel that Corey would be more effective off the ball. But due to Tyler's injury problems of the last few years, he may benefit from not being ridden for 35 mins per game this year. I think that Tyler would excel in a bench/quick energy, shooting and defense role, but we know he can hold down a starting job too.

There aren't really any other debates about the starting lineup, but there is certainly some decent depth right behind them. While noting that practice hasn't even started yet, here's how I could see it shaking out:

1: Lowe/Bailey
2: Strong/Morris
3: Holland/
4: O'Brien/Sirutis
5: Brittain/Pelage

I think it'll be a 9-man rotation, with Vlad Sirutis getting only a few per game. Mike Schultz, Tunde, Sully and, unfortunately, TheRod Smith will play the role of pine-jockey until the team is completely ravaged by injuries.

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At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the starting lineup, really hope that Chambers goes with Los over Morris, I just think he's a better player

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

I think that's what will happen - but I hope Chambers makes the decision based on where he thinks Corey Lowe will be most effective. If he strongly thinks Corey should play off the ball, I'm fine with Tyler starting at point.

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Chambers have a son that can't shoot that he will insist on playing someday?

At 10:54 AM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

Chambers has a newborn daugher, so we should be good for a couple years!

I too am leaning towards Los. He's a beast and he adds a dynamic on the glass that Tyler doesn't bring.

Oh, and perhaps you haven't heard, but Sully isn't on the team anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!AH1!!!!1!!!!!!

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Sully?!

At 2:53 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

Violation of team rules...


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