basketball set to host Upstate AAU in exhibition on Thursday
"The game against Upstate will be a good opportunity to see where we're at defensively and on the glass - two immediate concerns we've been inconsistent with in practice," head coach Al Walker said. "It will also give a chance for our new players to get comfortable with our environment."
The Upstate team is comprised of former collegiate players, including standouts from Syracuse, Virginia, Memphis and UMass. The team lost in overtime at America East member Vermont, 84-82, Tuesday night, and plays at Pitt Wednesday night.
Last season, BU defeated Upstate AAU, 89-70.
Seven-foot junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska), the reigning America East Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Bearcats into the 2003-04 season. Billings averaged 9.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game last season, helping BU post a 14-13 overall record. The team's other returning starter is senior captain Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.), who averaged 9.3 points per game.
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