Team preview: Pacific

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

Updated: October 11, 2004, 11:41 AM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Pacific was one of college basketball's biggest surprises last year. Picked to finish in the middle of the pack, the Tigers stormed through the Big West with a 17-1 mark in league play and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pacific won't sneak up on anyone this season. The Tigers return four of their top five scorers and 11 letter winners from a 25-8 squad that won the school's first NCAA Tournament game since 1967, shocking Providence in the opening round (66-58). Pacific won 21 of its final 23 games, including 16 in a row, before it was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Kansas (78-63).

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