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“I’ve been on pins and needles for a couple of days now,” Georgia forward Trey Thompkins said. “I wanted to be in the tournament so bad. It’s been nerve-racking for me.”


BEANTOWN BRAGGING RIGHTS: Boston University doesn’t have varsity football, and its perennially powerful hockey team has spent most of the season looking up in the standings at archrival Boston College.

But BU can claim the city’s bragging rights in basketball, of all things, after the America East champions were the only Massachusetts team picked for the NCAA tournament. While BC and Harvard were left out, BU (21-13) will play three-time champion Kansas (32-2) in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday.

“March Madness is an incredible time, and I’m just so grateful to be here. It’s just awesome,” BU guard Matt Griffin said.

The Terriers watched the selection show on TV at a Commonwealth Avenue bar Sunday night, breaking into cheers when their school came up as a No. 16 seed against the No. 1-seeded Big 12 champions. Coach Patrick Chambers, whose daughter, Grace, was sleeping on his shoulder, pumped his right fist in the air.