FOR MARCH 17, 2014
With Selection Sunday less than a week away, many teams are scrambling to make sure that their NCAA tournament bubbles don't burst. Can a slumping Saint Joseph's (21--9) make a deep run into the Atlantic 10 tournament to salvage a spot in the Big Dance? Was Baylor's (21--10) recent win at Kansas State, the first for a Big 12 team in Manhattan this season, enough for the Bears? Will St. John's (20--11) become the beasts of the Big East? Go to SI.com/cbb for Mike Beller's Bubble Watch to see which teams will be breathing a little easier come Sunday evening.
Could tweet this 365 days a year: If we all love the sport, it shouldn't matter whether you call it soccer, football or anything else.
Why has it taken me this long to note how much Kirk Hinrich looks like Sergey Brin in his Oakley wraparounds? #googlesass
SI.com honors orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe, who pioneered Tommy John surgery in 1974 (page 18), with a gallery of the operation's best success stories, including Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who had the surgery in 2000 and went on to save 154 games over the next four seasons.
Want a chance to win a cool $1 million? Take the 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Bracket challenge to see just how your madness for March Madness could pay off. After the NCAA Tournament brackets are announced on March 16, go to SI.com/bracketchallenge to enter your picks for every game. Your entire bracket must be filled out by 12:00 p.m. ET on March 20. Leaders will be posted on SI.com after each round of the tournament.
SI DIGITAL BONUS
THE PISTOL PETE SHOW
FROM THE SI VAULT | DEC. 1, 1969
Forty-five years ago, LSU senior Pete Maravich made it clear that the best part of his game wasn't shooting. It was his passing, ballhandling and dribbling, and that was what everyone really came to see.
By Pete Maravich and Curry Kirkpatrick