Team preview: Providence

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:19 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Normally, when you lose three starters from a Top 25 team, it is reason to panic. Particularly when one of those three was NBA caliber.

That scenario is precisely what hit Providence last season, but no one is panicking in Rhode Island. The Friars lost three from a team that finished ranked No. 21 in the country, and had big man Marcus Douthit taken in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers.

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