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The Lineup

March 21, 2005
March 21, 2005

Table of Contents
March 21, 2005

SI Players
2005 NCAA Tournament Preview
2005 NCAA Tournament
PRO BASKETBALL
Baaseball
TRACK AND FIELD
Inside
  • Inside 94

    The Week In Sports

Inside Baseball
Inside The NBA
LIFE OF REILLY
Departments

The Lineup

Departments

This is an article from the March 21, 2005 issue

6 Leading Off

14 Catching Up With ...

16 Letters

19 Air and Space

John Isaacs, 89, of Harlem's fabled New York Rens, is on the NBA Hall of Fame ballot by Steve Rushin

22 Scorecard

• Congress steroids hearings loom

• Teens get Tommy John surgery

• Coaches, players scalping tickets

39 Faces in the Crowd

41 Players

104 The Life of Reilly

Introducing the Whackit Bracket, an NCAA pool in which you (and, of course, Duke) lose by Rick Reilly

2005 NCAA TOURNAMENT

46 THE FINAL FIVE

To win, teams must execute in the last five minutes of games

by Alexander Wolff

• Five good-hands people

• Five last-shot specialists

• Five tough decisions

• Five great late plays

59 FIERY FIVE

Baylor's Lady Bears are the team no one wants to face

by Kelli Anderson

• Five emerging women's stars

62 FIVE-MINUTE GUIDE

A quick look at the trends, teams and players to watch

by Seth Davis

65 THE BRACKETS

SI's 65-team breakdown

by Grant Wahl

PRO BASKETBALL

72 Being Gilbert

How did eccentric Gilbert Arenas get to be the driving force of the Wizards?

by Chris Ballard

BASEBALL

76 Land of Rejuvenation

Is it something in the water? The Braves have an uncanny ability to revive waning careers

by Albert Chen

TRACK AND FIELD

80 Ready for the World

Dathan Ritzenhein could be the first Yank in 23 years to win a medal at cross-country's worlds

by Tim Layden

BOOK EXCERPT

86 To Bean or Not to Bean

Managers and pitchers usually refuse to talk about plunking batters. Tony La Russa didn't

by Buzz Bissinger

Inside ...

97 Baseball

• Astros will need healthy Pettitte

98 The NBA

• Yao Ming keeps improving • Sixers' real problem is defense

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COLOR PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (BROWN)The Illini are SI's pick to win it allCOLOR PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON, BACKGROUND EXTENDED BY SI IMAGINGFIELD OF PLAY Chipper (in hat) and Andruw Jones horse around at spring training (page 76).