Team preview: Evansville

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

Updated: October 19, 2004, 6:27 PM ET
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If history does in fact repeat itself, then Evansville coach Steve Merfeld has the Purple Aces right where he wants them.

When Merfeld was the head coach at Hampton, he led the Pirates to a 14-12 record the first year and 8-18 in the second. After taking a step back, the Pirates took a giant step forward with three straight winning seasons and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.