Team preview: UAB

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:37 PM ET
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Mo Finley's 17-foot jumper may have beaten No. 1-seeded Kentucky last March, but another spectacular stunt in that second round NCAA Tournament game made UAB's season.

During a three-one-one UK fast break midway through the second half, an off-balance Ronell Taylor swiped a pass and launched the ball blindly over his head to his twin brother Donell, who slammed it home on the other end for a 10-point Blazer lead.

The Taylors' ESP rocked ESPN and media outlets nationwide. But more than that, it symbolized how an amalgamation of JUCO transfers and undersized players came together for the Blazers' first Sweet 16 season since 1982.