Team preview: Appalachian State

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 4, 2005, 11:03 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Appalachian State doubled its win total from the previous year and was two or three baskets from making the league championship game. Not a bad season. But the Mountaineers have made a recent habit of undergoing dramatic swings of fortune, from the bottom of the division to the top, then back down again.

Can coach Houston Fancher keep the Mountaineers on the upswing despite the loss of his top rebounder and two of the top three scorers?

Probably so. Fancher played a lot of guys last year and a lot of them are back, led by star point guard D.J. Thompson (11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg). He's also added what looks like a quality recruiting class.

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