Team preview: Columbia

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 3:27 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

If the Ivy League handed out a coach-of-the-year award, it would have been stunning if Joe Jones wasn't the recipient last winter.

In his first year as a collegiate head coach, Jones inherited a 2-25 team that finish 325th in the RPI rankings out of 326 programs and won 10 games. When asked last August about his team's outlook, Jones said, "As of this moment, I honestly have no idea about this season, but we are here to build a program."

And building is exactly what Jones is doing.

After a winless 0-14 campaign in the Ivy League in 2002-03, the Lions tied for fourth last season at 6-8 and came within a double-overtime loss against Princeton of finishing in fourth place by itself at 7-7.


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