Like a Dream
No one has broken out more than Kansas's Joel Embiid, whose freshman season calls to mind Hakeem Olajuwon's—right down to the back injury. But the Jayhawks' Final Four aspirations still hinge on the 7-footer who began playing the game just four years ago
Extreme Makeover
It took the better part of three seasons, but New Mexico senior forward Cameron Bairstow has completed his transformation from beanpole to bruiser—just in time for him to power the Mountain West champs deep into the tournament
Orange Blossom
Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant has always had the potential—just look at his basketball bloodlines—but it wasn't until he remade his shot that he became a major contributor for a team that could win it all
The men's and women's players of the year, the teams that should make it to the Final Four and the coverage that awaits them
The Swing Shift
At 6'4", sophomore Breanna Stewart can do more than shoot, block shots and lead undefeated Connecticut to a second straight national title. She can also be the inspiration for a new type of player, the first Kevin Durant of the women's game
Huskies Hunters
Let's not give Connecticut a ninth championship (and fourth in six years) just yet. Three teams with giant-killing bona fides are plotting their own victory parties in Nashville
Heal Thyself
A 6'5", 315-pound tackle who went to college in Canada and is only a few credits from earning his medical degree, is eager to play in the NFL—and hoping to help fix it