Team preview: Fresno State

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:55 PM ET
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It should have been a season of pure joy at Fresno State:

First-time coach leads program to a first-place finish in the WAC and the NCAA Tournament berth that goes with it. Succeeding a controversial legend who once won a national championship, the confident rookie steps in like Fred Astaire greeting Ginger Rogers. A 20-win campaign ensues with a promising postseason waiting in the wings.