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LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
CHICAGO BEARS
It's Getting a Little Offensive
UNCEASINGLY STURDY ON D (AND ONLY ON D), THE BEARS ASSEMBLED THEIR BEST PASS-CATCHING COMBO IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. THE RESULT? FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE—AND ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR FUNKS
Chuck, Luck and Pluck
Inspired by their ailing coach and guided by their rookie quarterback, the Colts are turning a throwaway season into something special
COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW
The Big Chill
Don't be fooled by Cody Zeller's laid-back disposition: Big Handsome is thinking (and scoring) faster than everyone else
Future Game Changers
Below the radar, in towns not often associated with March Madness, three players are ready to make outsized contributions that could shape their schools' destinies—and their own
1 INDIANA
It's no boo boo: The fate of four returning starters lies in Yogi's hands
3 KANSAS
A ninth straight Big 12 title pivots on a center who has gone from Stiffy to stud
4 KENTUCKY
This year's selection of one-and-dones will be led by a wise old sophomore
8 DUKE
The more balanced Blue Devils have more than a passing chance at the ACC title
10 UCLA
Fresh talent, fast attack, new court—but the NCAA could damage a rebuilt program
15 ARIZONA
To three superstar bigs, add a supersub who's glad to be back on the court
19 UNLV
Point taken? A shooting guard must quickly learn what it takes to run a team
The New Big Wheel in Knoxville
For 27 years Holly Warlick worked behind the scenes at Tennessee. Now she gets to run the sport's most fabled program and fill its biggest shoes. If only her ascent weren't so bittersweet
Grin and Bear It
Baylor has the top team—again—but here's the good news for opponents: All-everything center Brittney Griner is in her final year
The Past Was Fast
In 1990, Loyola Marymount and LSU played a legendary warp-speed game—257 possessions! 289 points!—the likes of which big-time hoops will never see again
POINT AFTER
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