Team preview: American

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:43 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Before they join the 1950s Dodgers or the 1960s Lakers or the 1990s Bills as famous sports bridesmaids, the American Eagles hope to get another crack at the Patriot League championship.

The Eagles were knocking on the door again last year before falling, 59-57, to Lehigh in the title game. In 2002, it was an eight-point loss to Holy Cross and in 2001, it was a four-point loss to the Crusaders. Three years, three title game appearances, no championships.

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