Team preview: Illinois-Chicago

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

Updated: November 5, 2003, 2:37 PM ET
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So close. A bitter ending to a strong 2002-03 season left coach Jimmy Collins and his Illinois-Chicago team wanting more. They'll probably get it in 2003-04.

A Horizon League title and return to the NCAA Tournament is within reach for a veteran team led by conference player-of-the-year candidate Cedric Banks.