Team preview: Denver

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

Updated: November 6, 2003, 9:16 AM ET
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Terry Carroll enters his third season in Denver believing the upside of his program is comparable to the altitude. A large-market university, excellent facilities and the school's first win over Louisiana-Lafayette in last year's Sun Belt Tournament make the mile-high optimism unavoidable.

Carroll can't think of any reason Denver couldn't become a program similar to Marquette or DePaul. Carroll is certainly accustomed to winning. He's beginning his third season since leaving Larry Eustachy's bench at Iowa State, where the Cyclones won back-to-back Big 12 regular-season championships.