Team preview: UC Santa Barbara

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 10:00 AM ET
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Despite the loss of All-Big West forward Mark Hull (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), UC Santa Barbara seems loaded. The Gauchos return four starters and four reserves from a program that earned its first outright regular season league title and a second straight postseason appearance last year.

The returning trio of Branduinn Fullove, Nick Jones and Jacoby Atako gives UCSB a mature and explosive backcourt-perhaps the best in the league. The Gaucho frontcourt, a so-so rebounding bunch last year, seems much improved.