Team preview: Nicholls State

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

Updated: November 6, 2003, 10:59 AM ET
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Ricky Blanton's first season at Nicholls State was a true lesson in humility. The former LSU standout, still an icon in Louisiana after helping the Tigers advance to the 1986 Final Four in Cinderella style, must have felt like the clock was stuck on midnight last year.

The fun began early. Blanton watched his squad get hammered by his alma mater, 68-24, in his coaching debut. Two nights later, in the consolation game of the LSU Tournament, the Colonels were held to just 36 points in a loss to Southern University.