Team preview: Idaho State

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

Idaho State is a puzzling program. Just when it seemed like things were going well -- a winning record in 2002-2003, a berth in the conference tournament semifinals in 2003-2004 -- it all went downhill last season as the Bengals fell to the Big Sky basement.

Coach Doug Oliver has beaten the odds in Pocatello, lasting seven years at an institution that hasn't shown a great deal of patience with its basketball and football coaches.