Team preview: Cal Poly SLO

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:55 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Coming off a 2003 season that saw Cal Poly fall just three points short of a NCAA Tournament berth, the Mustangs had lofty aspirations heading into last season. After recording early season wins at Cal and USC, Cal Poly fizzled and finished eighth in the Big West Conference, barely qualifying for the league tournament.

Now coach Kevin Bromley and his team faces the daunting task of replacing three starters, including Varnie Dennis (18.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg), who was first in the league in scoring and second in rebounding, and Shane Schilling (16.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg), who was third in the league in scoring. The duo accounted for 45.5 percent of the team's offense, though it's worth mentioning that despite their offensive production, neither earned first- or second-team all-conference honors. Bromley knows his squad has some serious questions heading into the season, but he thinks his team could surprise people.