Team preview: Alcorn State

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:43 PM ET
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Sammy West favors up-tempo basketball. He likes to push the ball up the floor and get after people on defense.

It's a style that most college basketball players love.

Yet, for some reason, Alcorn State's players didn't fully buy into West's system until late in the season a year ago.

The result was an inconsistent year that got off to a slow start and picked up some steam late before ending with a two-point loss to Alabama A&M in the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament.

For West, a long-time assistant to legendary coach Dave Whitney who was bumped up to head coach before last season, it was a case of it's tough being the man who follows the man-even though West recruited most of the players on the Braves' roster.