Lineup

March 27, 2006

FEATURES

COLLEGEBASKETBALL
38 Cinderella Men
A trio of upstarts joined midmajor brethren Gonzaga in a historic Sweet 16
by Grant Wahl

• HOOP THOUGHTS Seth Davis on who came up big, fell short or made statements
• UNCOVERED GEM Washington's star guard outshone a more heralded rival
• POINT MAN The title hopes of UConn hinge on the play of Marcus Williams

PRO BASKETBALL
50 Odd Couple
After a rocky start Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony and coach George Karlhave struck an uneasy alliance
by Ian Thomsen

PRO FOOTBALL
54 The QB Scramble
With a frenzy of free-agent deals and big-name moves, the NFL has undergone aseismic quarterback shake-up
by Peter King and Jeffri Chadiha

WEB VOICES
Writing Up A Storm
The Web is changing sports coverage, from columnists who don't attend games torampant rumormongering.
Don't like it? Start your own blog
by Chris Ballard
PAGE 58

Departments

6 Leading Off
12 From the Editor
14 Letters
17 Air and Space
A bar stool, three TVs and 13 hours of NCAA hoops by Steve Rushin

20 Scorecard

• A dispiriting portrayal of track
• The probability of point-shaving

32 Faces in theCrowd

34 Players

76 Life ofReilly
Gonzaga's scoring machine, living shot to shot by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

70 Baseball
• Classic suggests a new world view

72 The NBA
• Raptors' hire is more than a name

74 Boxing
• The sad state of heavyweights

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BYJOHN BIEVER (BRADLEY); BILL FRAKES (FLORIDA); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BOSTONCOLLEGE, GONZAGA); GREG NELSON (GEORGE MASON); BOB ROSATO (WICHITA STATE)

INSET PHOTOS:John W. McDonough (Brees); Mark Brettingen/WireImage.com (Culpepper

SI Extra
To sign up for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's free subscriber-only e-mail newsletter, goto sicustomerservice.com/siextra.

ON THE WEBSI.COM

GO TO SI.COMDAILY FOR SCORES, STATS AND BREAKING NEWS

Let's see, now.Terrell Owens (left) will suit up next season for the team he dissed six yearsago by dancing on their midfield emblem, Drew Brees was thrown to the curb bySan Diego, Daunte Culpepper jumped ship in Minnesota and Edgerrin James tookhis act to Arizona. Keeping up with who went where can be a chore in itself. Toread Don Banks's assessment of the winners and losers in free agency--and toget Peter King's take on the Cowboys' signing of TO--go to SI.com/nfl.

As NFL draftprospects continue with their private workouts for teams--Texas quarterbackVince Young's was scheduled for March 22 in Austin--get a rundown of who'screating the biggest buzz and who's dropping the farthest on draft boards,every Friday at SI.com/nfl.

The only timeWest Virginia reached the Final Four, Jerry West was in a Mountaineers uniform.Can Kevin Pittsnogle (left) & Co. conjure up memories of 1959? Getextensive Sweet 16 coverage, including live scoreboards, Luke Winn's insightfulTourney Blog, postgame analysis and a comprehensive Final Four preview atSI.com.

For a live leaderboard from this week's Players Championship, and for photo galleries inSI.com's Countdown to Augusta--including looks back at Jack Nicklaus, ArnoldPalmer, Tiger Woods (above) and other multiple Masters champions--go toSI.com/golf.

PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (BRADLEY) 38CHAIN REACTION
During the final minutes of a game last Friday, the Bradley reserves bracedthemselves in anticipation of their win over Kansas, one of nine first-roundupsets.
SIX PHOTOSThis week SI features regional covers with six of the Sweet 16 teams: from left, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Bradley, Florida, George Mason and Boston College. PHOTOSTEVE WEWERKA (WEB) PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (OTSUKA) 70SEMISWEET
Akinori Otsuka, a Texas Rangers reliever, celebrated the final out of Japan's6--0 semifinal win over Korea last Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.Japan earned the tournament's inaugural title on Monday night, beating Cuba10--6 in San Diego.
THREE PHOTOSDAMIAN STROHMEYER (OWENS); JOHN BIEVER (PITTSNOGLE); DAVID WALBERG (WOODS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)