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March 23, 2009
March 23, 2009

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March 23, 2009

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Dance Fever
As Earl Clark and Louisville lead a trio of No. 1 seeds from the Big East into the NCAA tournament, check out SI.com for full coverage of the games, featuring Luke Winn's tournament blog as well as news, analysis and the five things to note after each day's action. See how your brackets compare to those of Reggie Miller, Adam Sandler and Jerry West in the Dan Patrick Celebrity Bracket Challenge. Plus ...

• Seth Davis's Q&As
• Galleries of SI's best tournament photos

FANTASY BASEBALL

Take Your Pick
After leading the National League in runs (125) in 2008, as well as stealing 35 bases and hitting 33 home runs, should Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez be the top pick for your fantasy team? Or should it be league MVP Albert Pujols, who batted .357, scored 100 runs and hit 37 homers for the Cardinals? This week SI.com has your complete guide to Fantasy Baseball 2009, including Jay Clemons's rankings of the top 225 major leaguers, and position-by-position analysis and statistical projections for each player. Also ...

• Gary Gramling on candidates for the year's top sleeper and the four players not to draft

• Bill Root from RotoExperts.com looks at which players are on the verge of greatness and which rookies will make the biggest impact

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FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
MARCH 19, 1984

SI writer Curry Kirkpatrick described how Georgetown center Patrick Ewing led the second-ranked Hoyas to the Big East Conference championship, earning them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

CAN THERE still be critics out there carping that Patrick Ewing and his pals on the Georgetown basketball team aren't learned in the humanities? Georgetown will take its humanity along with its depth, speed, versatility, crash-dunks and NCAA--record-breaking defense and shove it down your windpipe, as it did last week while mopping up in the Big East tournament. Indeed, there was a minor skirmish in the Hoyas' 82--71 overtime defeat of Syracuse in Saturday night's championship game, when one of the school's future diplomats tried to punch the lights out of an already falling Orangeman. But such tactics are old hat with Georgetown—hit 'em while they're down, hard-er, hard-er—and anyway, picky-picky. By the time the dust had settled, coach John Thompson's plundering legions (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 12 is one of their milder aliases) had concluded a fairly thorough rap number on their conference brethren. Not that the hammerin' Hoyas surprised anybody by becoming the first top-seeded regular-season champions in the Big East's five-year history to sweep to the tournament championship.

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PHOTOBOB ROSATO (CLARK)SIDE STEP Clark & Co. are ready to bust a move.PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (RAMIREZ)PHOTOMANNY MILLAN (EWING)