Team preview: Mississippi Valley State

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

Updated: October 20, 2005, 12:40 PM ET
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New Mississippi Valley State men's basketball coach James Green believes strongly in defense. If a player doesn't guard, he doesn't play -- no matter how many points he can score.

Former Valley coach Lafayette Stribling liked up-tempo basketball, gave his players freedom to play and preferred an entertaining, high-scoring game over a dull, low-scoring game.

And the two coaches certainly don't dress alike.

"I know I can't compete there,'' Green said with a chuckle. "Coach Stribling has quite a wardrobe.''

Without question, Green is very different from the man who led the program to 315 victories over the last 22 seasons. However, Green says that doesn't mean Valley can't continue winning now that he is at the controls.


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