Boston College head basketball coach Earl Grant will be joining WBZ and CBSN throughout the NCAA Tournament as a guest analyst. Here he previews the Saturday afternoon games on WBZ.
- All right, we're joined for a few minutes now by Coach Earl Grant, the new coach of the Boston College Eagles. And Coach, we've been tackling this NCAA Tournament. Let's talk about the Saturday games. I want to particularly talk about the Saturday games right here on WBZ and CBS as far as the broadcast is concerned.
Let's start with Colorado and Georgetown will be our noontime start on Saturday. Big East Champs for Patrick Ewing. Talk about facing a team like the Hoyas, who were 3 and 8 to start, but won six of their final seven contests, including the Big East Tournament. How dangerous a team can a team like Georgetown be as they go about their business?
EARL GRANT: Yeah, Georgetown was very impressive in their last game against Creighton, holding Creighton to only, I think, under 40 points. Really, really defended well, showed a great toughness. And so I was very impressed with their performance.
But I would have to say Colorado is a tough contest because they got a great inside-outside punch with very experienced players. So it should be a great game.
- Would you rather be a team coming in rolling like that or a team that had an overall good season from start to finish when you're going into the NCAA Tournament?
EARL GRANT: I kind of think I would rather be a team that's got it rolling coming into the tournament. Because anytime time you go through some adversity early in the season and some tough times, and it finally clicks, I think that team is a lot more dangerous. And they start to believe they can win any game.
So I would imagine Georgetown probably feels that way right now, winning six out of seven games coming down the final stretch.
- All right, game 3 o'clock on CBS and WBZ will be top seeded Michigan going up against Texas Southern, the 16 seed. If you were coaching Texas Southern-- let's take that perspective-- what kind of things would you be saying to your team leading up to a game like this where you could be that-- you can make a lifetime memory with that one win?
EARL GRANT: Well, number one, I would talk about controlling tempo and try to make sure that we can limit their possessions. I don't think you want to really get up and down with Michigan. They're capable of scoring a lot of points. They got a lot of depth, a great big man on the inside, as well as some good guards.
So I think they got to control tempo, number one. And then really be physical on the backboards. Try to rebound their first miss. So those will be some of the things to talk about. Try to limit your turnovers, your mistakes. And force Michigan to take tough shots, and don't give them any easies.
- How much fun would it be if you were Texas Southern to say, guys, just go out and let's see what we can do here?
EARL GRANT: Well, they're playing with house money. I mean, playing with house money. Obviously, they're a 16 seed. They're the underdogs. Nobody's going to be picking them to win that game. So they should be loose. They should be loose. They should be pretty free in that game. And so sometimes those teams turn out to be very dangerous.