Team preview: Texas A&M

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

Updated: October 19, 2005, 4:39 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)


Directing a successful sequel is no slam dunk. Just ask the Hollywood geniuses who greenlighted Caddyshack II and Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Billy Gillispie was a box-office smash during his first season in College Station in 2004-05. He inherited a 7-21 bomb (0-16 in the Big 12) and transformed it into a 21-win blockbuster. Texas A&M had its first winning season and first postseason invitation in 11 years, reaching the NIT quarterfinals.

The reigning Big 12 Coach of the Year knows creating another crowd-pleasing hit won't be easy.