Team preview: Rice

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

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:57 PM ET
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If there was ever a coach who deserved the planets to align in just the right way for Rice to be asked to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30-odd years, it's former Owls player and current head coach Willis Wilson.

The Owls were only a dozen years removed from their 1970 NCAA appearance when Wilson walked the line and earned his degree. Another 20 years have come and gone, and still Rice waits by a telephone that no longer rings.