Team preview: South Carolina

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

Updated: November 9, 2003, 1:57 PM ET
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This is the season Dave Odom's rebuilding job at South Carolina begins in earnest.

Don't let that trip to the NIT championship game in Odom's first season (2001-2002) fool you. That was done with players from the regime of former coach Eddie Fogler. And Odom wasn't happy with the first two recruiting classes he and his staff brought to Columbia. There was a nice player or two in each class, but it has taken a while for Odom to spread his particular gospel to recruits, especially in the talent-rich state of South Carolina.