Team preview: Elon

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

Updated: November 6, 2003, 3:47 PM ET
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As the new kid on the Southern Conference block, Elon will probably get roughed up a few times. New head coach Ernie Nestor says that's all part of the toughening-up process; the Phoenix can stand giving up their lunch money at first, but after a while they'll get hungry themselves.

This is a big step for Elon, which moves from the Big South to the Southern, just five years after going NCAA Division I.