Team preview: VMI

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 5:33 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Virginia Military Institute's first season in the Big South Conference didn't quite work out like the Keydets had hoped.

Injuries -- five players sidelined for a total of 44 games -- wrecked their debut. During December, four of the five projected starters were out. Now all-conference forward Raydee Skipworth and steady guard Richard Little have graduated, but Bart Bellairs is wearing a smile these days. Back-to-back solid recruiting classes are paying dividends. Suddenly, the Keydets are even deep.

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