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March 26, 2012
March 26, 2012

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March 26, 2012

GOLF PLUS
Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT SWEET SIXTEEN
Baseball Preview
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This is an article from the March 26, 2012 issue

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

34 THE NCAA SWEET 16

High seeds dominated the tournament's opening weekend, but a trio of upsets reminded us how sublime March can be

BY TIM LAYDEN

• RETURN OF THE HOOSIERS

• KANSAS TAKES A BIG STEP

BASEBALL PREVIEW 2012

46 ALBERT PUJOLS

Baseball's best hitter is starting over with the Angels. Can his second act match his first?

BY TOM VERDUCCI

54 COMEBACK PLAYERS

A look at what's going on in the minds and bodies of some big names returning from injuries after missing all or most of 2011

60 INSIDER'S GUIDE

From MLB's new postseason to ballpark birthdays, everything you need to know about 2012

64 SCOUTING REPORTS

SI analyzes the six divisions, breaks down all 30 teams, predicts the order of finish and who will win it all

116 SULLY AND THE MICK

Boston's Frank Sullivan offered the wittiest of all laments about the perils of facing Mickey Mantle

BY JANE LEAVY

DEPARTMENTS

10 Leading Off

16 The Mail

19 Editor's Letter

21 Scorecard

The shot clock on celebrity culture is #Linsane

28 Faces in the Crowd

30 Just My Type

Don Mattingly on his first year as Dodgers manager

BY DAN PATRICK

124 Point After

The NCAAs? Bah. These are the brackets that matter

BY PHIL TAYLOR

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK; JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN (MANTLE, AARON); NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY (GEHRIG); SPORTING NEWS/ICON SMI (WILLIAMS)

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PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (BASKETBALL)34 BIG GREEN CLEANING machine After wiping the floor, Draymond Green helped Michigan State wipe out Saint Louis on Sunday, piling up 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 65--61 win.PHOTO