Team preview: Colorado State

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

Updated: October 20, 2004, 4:49 PM ET
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Colorado State was expected to contend in the Mountain West Conference last season only to endure two harsh lessons in a 12-16 season and last-place finish in the MWC.

First and foremost, the Rams learned that a single NCAA Tournament appearance after the previous year's league tournament championship and 40 close minutes in the first round against Duke does not guarantee that a program has turned around.