Team preview: Colorado State

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

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:13 PM ET
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Conference tournaments are designed for teams like last year's Colorado State version. You know, the team that has its ups and downs during the regular season, but catches fire late, makes a nice run and wins an NCAA Tournament berth.

Last season, the Rams did just that, overcoming a miserable February where they lost seven straight games,. They began to hit their stride in March, winning five of their last seven games, including three straight in the Mountain West Tournament. The tournament title gave them a spot in the NCAAs, their first trip to the Big Dance since 1990.