Team preview: Florida State

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

Updated: October 19, 2004, 5:42 PM ET
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Leonard Hamilton knows what it takes to build a winning basketball program.

Florida State, which he inherited in 2002, is his third major reclamation project. While Hamilton has never produced an overnight turnaround, he ultimately led Oklahoma State and Miami out of the basketball boondocks and now seems to have the Seminoles headed slowly but surely in the right direction. His first FSU team managed to improve by two games over Steve Robinson's previous club and barely missed a trip to the NIT. The win total went up another five games in Hamilton's second year as FSU recorded its most victories since 1997 and barely missed the NCAA Tournament.