Early March was wake-up time for baseball. Later came the Knightowls. Indiana's Keith Smart hit a 12-foot jumper with four seconds left to give coach Bob Knight and his Hoosiers the NCAA basketball title, 74-73 over Syracuse. Meanwhile, WBC heavyweight champion Mike Tyson decisioned WBA pretender Bonecrusher Smith, and Iowa State broke Iowa's nine-year hold on the NCAA wrestling crown. Four world records fell at the first world indoor track championships, in Indianapolis. Oddsmakers in Nevada listed the Minnesota Twins as a 125-to-1 shot to win the World Series.

PHOTOANTHONY NESTEDuring spring training there was plenty of time to spell relief in the Pirates' bullpen. PHOTOJON SOOHOO/BERNSTEIN & ASSOC.Magic Johnson had his sights dead on the MVP award and another NBA title for L.A. PHOTOMANNY MILLANAfter Keith Smart (23) carved up Syracuse with 12 of Indiana's final 15 points... PHOTOJERRY WACHTER...Hoosier Steve Alford celebrated the NCAA championship by claiming a net profit.