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March 18, 2007

2007 NCAA Tournament Preview

FEATURES

44 Double Jeopardy
Winning back-to-back titles is one of the rarest feats in team sports. Can reigning champ Florida pull it off?
by Grant Wahl

53 Mad, Mad March
Year by crazy year, the tournament became the spectacle it is today
by Phil Taylor

58 Beware the Eagles
Winthrop is the pick of many to be the mid-major that goes on a run
by Phil Taylor

63 Crazy Good
Without relying on one player, the Duke women have dusted opponents
by Kelli Anderson

71 5 Minute Guide
The ins and outs of the tournament, who has the edge and why
by Seth Davis
•SI's bracket: Kansas wins it all

84 Birth of a Dynasty
Only after John Wooden changed his tactics did he make his mark at UCLA
by Alexander Wolff

BASEBALL

94 Fantasy Future
No team is more loaded with fascinating young talent than the Devil Rays
by Albert Chen
•Players you should draft (or not)

SOCCER

100 Mad about Materazzi
After being head-butted in the World Cup, Marco Materazzi is the toast of Italy
by Grant Wahl

PRO BASKETBALL

104 In the Heart of Texas
Tony Parker never expected he'd become an NBA star—or be engaged to a TV starlet
by Alan Shipnuck

COVER PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ED TRUSCIO
ROBERT BECK (2); JOHN BIEVER (7); SIMON BRUTY (1); BILL FRAKES (5); DAVID E. KLUTHO (8); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (11); MANNY MILLAN (1); BOB ROSATO (5); DAMIAN STROHMAYER (4); AL TIELEMANS (4); AP (18); CAL SPORTS MEDIA (1); DARREN CARROLL (1); GETTY IMAGES (2); DAVID GONZALES (1); ICON/SMI (8); MIRKO ILIC (1); MITCHELL LAYTON (1); JOE MCNALLY (1); STEVE NURENBURG (1); GREG NELSON (12); REUTERS (1); US PRESSWIRE (8); ELIZABETH OLIVIER/UTLADYVOLS.COM (1); WIREIMAGE.COM (5)

COVER FLAP PHOTOS
KENT SMITH/WIREIMAGE.COM (BRADSHAW); DAVID E. KLUTHO (TATUM); JOHN BIEVER (TUCKER); BILL FRAKES (NOAH); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (COLLISON); GREG NELSON (RUSH); AL TIELEMANS (HIBBERT)

Departments

6 Leading Off

16 Letters

18 Players
First Person: Tyler Hansbrough
Tough justice in the NHL
Roger Federer's streak ends
The biggest NCAA pool is closed

36 Faces in the Crowd

128 Life of Reilly
Need advice? Who better to dispense it than the NBA leader in strife? Just ask Ron-Ron
by Rick Reilly

Inside...

118 The NBA
Rashard Lewis is sitting pretty

120 The NHL
New Jersey's Mr. Clean

122 The NFL
Why veteran backs got big bucks

126 NASCAR
Mark Martin needs to keep racing

2007 SI COVER CHALLENGE

Contest 1 (EASY): Find the five starters from Duke's '92 title team.

Contest 2 (HARD): Find four players who have hit buzzer-beating threes in the tournament.

Answers will be revealed on March 31 at SI.com/coverchallenge.

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PHOTOJONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES44 O, YEAH Ohio State celebrated its 66--49 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament title game, which earned the Buckeyes a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. TWO PHOTOS

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