Team preview: Yale

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 12:19 PM ET
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Last season, with five starters returning from a season that included 21 wins, a share of the Ivy League championship and the program's first-ever postseason victory (in the NIT), it seemed Yale was ready to join Penn and Princeton among the conference's elite.

That didn't quite happen. Despite the fact Yale put together its first back-to-back winning seasons in more than a decade, it's safe to consider 2002-03 something of a disappointment. Then again, the fact that an 8-6, fourth place Ivy League season and 14 wins overall is considered a disappointment in New Haven might be cause for celebration itself.