Team preview: Tennessee

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:29 PM ET
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When Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson was making his final selections for the USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team early last summer, he reluctantly parted with Tennessee point guard C.J. Watson, who just a year earlier had played admirably for the USA Junior World Championship Team.

"Kelvin told him when he cut him from the team, 'C.J., I've gotta have my point guard talking. You've got to communicate and tell [teammates] where they need to be.' " Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said.