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March 21, 2010

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW 2010

SI's six regional covers feature Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin, Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins, Kansas's Sherron Collins, Ohio State's Evan Turner and Villanova's Scottie Reynolds.

46

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Careers, legacies, new jobs and big contracts all turn on 64 games

58

NEW MEXICO LOBOS

Steve Alford has them ready for prime time

by L. Jon Wertheim

62

THE BRACKETS

SI's picks, to a Kansas--West Virginia final

by Tim Layden

64

UCONN WOMEN

The Huskies want to play a perfect game

by Kelli Anderson

70

THE FIRST CINDERELLA

Unheralded Utah won it all in '44

by Alexander Wolff and Michael Atchison

Departments

4 Letters

6 Leading Off

12 Scorecard

Sports clients galore for Ari Fleischer

20 Just My Type

O.J. Mayo on alleged USC improprieties

by Dan Patrick

24 Faces in the Crowd

26 Inside ...

• Boxing

Pacquiao needs Floyd

• The NHL

Coyotes stalk playoffs

• Baseball

Six rookies on the rise

• College Football

Oregon QB suspended

80 The Vault

Jordan's burden, '89

84 Point After

Missing a limb, he still looks like a champ

by Phil Taylor

Features

34 | BASEBALL

Kendry Morales

For the Angels slugger, it was a hard road from Cuba to major league stardom

by Ben Reiter

40 | PRO BASKETBALL

Josh Smith

The Hawks forward is doing what he does best—which means laying off the treys

by Chris Ballard

ON THE COVER Photographs of six featured players in the NCAA tournament by Bill Frakes

Greg Nelson (12); Lou Capozzola (7); David E. Klutho (6); John W. McDonough (6); John Biever (3); Bill Frakes (2); Al Tielemans (2); Heinz Kluetmeier; Icon SMI (21); US Presswire (12); AP (8); Andrew Hancock (6); Porter Binks (3); Mitchell Layton (3); Getty Images (3); Southcreek Global (3); Greg Fiume (2); David Gonzales (2); David Stluka (2); Schwartzman Sports (2); Scott Bruhn; Robert Seale; Patrick Shanahan; Ryan Talbot/USU Athletic Media Relations; Jason Vorhees/The Macon Telegraph; WVU Sports Communications

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