This is not a team of high expectations, as graduation has razed the maize-and-blue skyline that dominated the Big Ten for two seasons. One man who is back, though, is soph Glen Rice, who toiled last season in the shadows cast by Roy Tarpley, Richard Rellford and Butch Wade, all now departed. The 6'7" Rice should emerge as an explosive offensive force, but perhaps not yet. Without big bodies around him, Rice seems condemned to a long season in the Conference of Broad Shoulders.
Likewise, with the absence of big protectors up front, guards Gary Grant and Antoine Joubert will become more vulnerable. In their two seasons together, neither has developed a game complete enough to match his vast potential.