SI Players: Life On and Off The Field
Catching Up With
Air and Space
College Football
The Wild, Wild SEC
On yet another crazy Saturday in the Southeast, LSU spoiled Alabama's perfect season--and that wasn't the half of it
Pro Football
Fallen Idols
Once billed as the Greatest Show on Turf, the St. Louis Rams have seen their dynasty-in-the-making crumble, in large part because of a power struggle between the front office and coach Mike Martz
Soccer
Bottom's Up
After finishing in the lower third of the regular-season standings, the Galaxy was an unlikely MLS title contender. More improbable still was the hero who would deliver Los Angeles its second Cup in four years
COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2005--06
The Duke Way
A fabulous freshman class has the Blue Devils ranked No.1, but those frosh are in for vigorous training in Coach K culture
Made In Texas
Longhorns star DANIEL GIBSON, who honed his skills at a fabled Houston hoops mecca, is now of Final Four quality
A NEED TO GET MEAN
UConn's Rudy Gay is the latest can't-miss product of Baltimore's legendary Cecil-Kirk Rec Center. But can the mild-mannered star muster enough swagger to lead the Huskies to a title?
Candace, Take Two
Her much-heralded debut was canceled by injury last year, but CANDACE PARKER is now ready for her close-up at Tennessee. Will the women's game ever be the same?
FILLING THE BRACKETS
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. SI predicts the 45 teams to round out the field
COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2005 - 06
College Basketball 2005-06
1 Duke
With seasoned stars and ACC-ready recruits, the Blue Devils are due to win it all
2 Texas
Having learned his lesson, P.J. Tucker looks to lead the Horns to their first title
3 UConn
Depth and athleticism should help the Huskies run with the big dogs in March
5 Oklahoma
Taj Gray hopes to take the Sooners to the same heights he has taken his own game
6 Arizona
For the Cats to reach the promised land, a former Golden Child must lead them
7 Gonzaga
Once giant-killers, the Zags are now the guys with the bull's-eyes on their backs
13 Kentucky
The Wildcats can go far if their center is eligible and their point gets his points
18 Iowa
Can a pair of fiery seniors help the Hawkeyes fight their way to a Big Ten title?
Inside
Departments
Arm Guards
Protecting pitchers is the first order of business in planning next spring's World Baseball Classic
On the Ropes
With its heavyweight chumps and forgettable fights, the once mighty sport of King (Don, that is) is staggering toward oblivion