Team preview: Colgate

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Forgive folks in Hamilton, N.Y., if they feel a little sense of déjà vu looking ahead to the coming Colgate basketball season.

Last year around this time, there was a lot of optimism in the Raiders' camp. Four starters and seven of the first nine in coach Emmett Davis' rotation were back. Two highly touted players who had sat out the previous season were set to return. Things appeared to be looking up.

Considered a dark horse to challenge for the league title, Colgate finished 10-19, its worst record since its first season in the Patriot League, back in 1991.

Fast forward to 2006. Again, four starters are back, along with three others from Davis' top nine. Two highly anticipated transfers who sat out last season are ready to join the mix and 6-8 pogo stick Alex Woodhouse appears fully recovered from the knee injury that forced him to miss all of last season.

On paper, things look optimistic once again. After last year, though, Davis is understandably cautious in his assessment.

"We have the potential to be in the mix," Davis said.