Team preview: South Carolina

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:25 PM ET
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Before last season began, South Carolina coach Dave Odom assessed his personnel and decided that an adjustment in philosophy was in order. Defense had long been a hallmark of Odom-coached teams, and last season wouldn't be any different. But the way the Gamecocks played defense was going to have to change.

Graduation and the preseason suspension of senior center Rolando Howell had left the Gamecocks' frontcourt short on size. With his team defenseless in the paint, Odom had to get creative.