This is an article from the March 20, 2006 issue
In the NCAA tournament, teams that control the pace and maximize every chancehave the best shot at Indy
by Grant Wahl
53 A BlueStreak
The engine driving North Carolina, pint-sized point guard Ivory Latta, is thekey force in the women's bracket
by Kelli Anderson
58 5 MinuteGuide
SI's annual look at the trends, teams and names to keep close tabs on as theBig Dance begins
by Seth Davis
The chronicles of Redick end with a long-range assault and validation that J.J.is, indeed, the player of the year
by Grant Wahl
68 The YearAfter
March Madness rekindles memories for four ex--Tar Heels now in the NBA
by Alan Shipnuck
8 Leading Off
21 Air andSpace
Kirby Puckett lived a self-described "fairy-tale life." He oftenthought of how it could end by Steve Rushin
• Bud Selig's moment of truth
• The next NFL commissioner?
• Farewell to Boom Boom Geoffrion
32 Faces in theCrowd
116 Life ofReilly
Take a look at the future on BarryBonds.com. It's far from a pretty site byRick Reilly
• Cuba's in midseason form
111 The NFL
• Wooing of a second-tier free agent
114 The NHL
• Montreal's magnifique move
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FANTASY BASEBALLPREVIEW 2006
The Game IsAlmost On
As spring training ticks down, managers ready their rosters and take last looksat tantalizing young talents. Same goes for you, fantasy player
by David Sabino PAGE 77
The author thought he could take advantage of his clubhouse access and insideinformation to win the toughest Rotisserie league on the planet
by Sam Walker PAGE 94
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**Which high school hoops teams will finish the seasonatop SI.com's national rankings? Which ones will crack the Top 10? Visit SI.comfor Dave Krider's boys' power rankings on Tuesdays and his girls' powerrankings on Wednesdays.
The Mets' Pedro Martinez is tops among the starters.
Baltimore's Miguel Tejada is the cream of the crop at short.
After seven seasons with the Colts, Edgerrin James signed with the Cardinals inthe NFL's free-agent frenzy.