Team preview: Northern Iowa

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

Updated: November 3, 2004, 9:56 AM ET
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In one season, Northern Iowa has gone from pretender to contender in the Missouri Valley.

When Greg McDermott took over a struggling program in 2001, he opted for a youth movement instead of a quick fix to get UNI back on track. By going with homegrown talent, not JUCO players, the Panthers went through two sub-.500 seasons before making their big move.