Team preview: Birmingham Southern

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 1:15 PM ET
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The first instinct is to feel bad for Birmingham-Southern College, new to Division I and fielding some pretty good teams with virtually no chance of an NCAA Tournament bid.

The Panthers were 19-9 last year, their first season playing a full home-and-home Big South schedule. They weren't eligible for the league tournament and they won't be again this year, and that's good news for the rest of the Big South because the Panthers should again be pretty good.