Team preview: Cal State Northridge

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 9:42 AM ET
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A few solid recruits and the return of forward Ian Boylan should be enough to take the sting off of losing key guard Chris Slaughter for Cal State Northridge.

Count on coach Bobby Braswell's club to give other Big West programs a challenge in 2003-04. Braswell, who enters his eighth year as head coach in Northridge, wants Boylan (15.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg), a 6-6 junior and the team's top returning scorer and rebounder, to step up and do his part to fill the void left by Slaughter. A year ago, Slaughter averaged 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Boylan should handle the added responsibility just fine.