Team preview: Central Michigan

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 3:42 PM ET
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When your team loses 76 percent of its scoring and 64 percent of its rebounding, a day trip to the nearest spa won't cut it. No, when the going gets truly tough, the tough go camping. Led by head scout/senior point guard T.J. Meerman, several returning Central Michigan Chippewas bundled off to Mio, Mich., last July for four days of what coach Jay Smith called "a survivor camping trip."

No hot water, limited supplies, bathing in what nature has left behind-one can almost smell the male bonding.