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The Man Behind the Mask
As he leads No. 2 Michigan into its showdown with No. 1 Ohio State, coach Lloyd Carr remains a private man who's loyal, literate and, would you believe, funny?
Coyote Ugly
Deeply entrenched in Phoenix, second-year coach Wayne Gretzky is guiding a lackluster, last-place team. Is the Great One too nice for the job?
Where Is The Love?
Donovan McNabb, one of the best quarterbacks of his generation, again has the Eagles in the thick of a playoff race. But will he ever fully win the heart of America's toughest sports town?
Quick Snap
This game terrorizes you and keeps you awake at night, but that's what keeps me coming back
College Basketball 2006-2007
Big is Back
After a decade in which the game grew smaller, faster and more guard-oriented, new rules and shifting priorities have revived a species on the verge of extinction: the low-post dinosaur
The Next Big Things
Is this year's freshman class the best in history? These seven sublime newcomers with diverse talents make a convincing case
Big Shots
Maryland guard Kristi Toliver's fearless, unforgettable fadeaway in last April's title game epitomized how the young Terps and their cocksure coach have turned the women's college basketball establishment upside down
5 Minute Guide
SI's tip sheet to the most compelling storylines, the players likeliest to shine and the new faces worth watching in the men's and the women's games
1 Kansas
Having learned hard lessons last season, the young and talent-rich Jayhawks will leap to the top
2 Florida
The Gators' starters are back, but can they remain champs now that everyone wants a bite of them?
3 UNC
The Tar Heels have the talent to outrun anyone, but can they keep all of their young guns happy?
4 LSU
After a disappointing end to a stellar season, a not-as--Big Baby is hungrier on and off the court
5 UCLA
The concept of the Final Four may be elusive in Cameroon, but it's within the grasp of one favorite son
6 ALABAMA
The Crimson Tide's Final Four chances will rest on the shoulders of its All-America candidate
7 Georgetown
With a pair of experienced big men leading the way, the Hoyas are poised for a long postseason run
9 WISCONSIN
A fifth-year forward who remains a kid at heart looks to power the Badgers to the top of the Big Ten
10 PITTSBURGH
Delaying his shot at the NBA, the Panthers' big man is back to take care of unfinished business
11 ARIZONA
Bucking the big man trend, the Wildcats will go smaller and faster with a trio of explosive wings
13 CREIGHTON
The Bluejays' top shooter returns, healthy and aiming to lead them back to the top of the Valley
15 DUKE
With Redick and Williams gone, a sophomore forward will carry the offense and call the shots
FILLING THE BRACKETS
The 65-team NCAA tournament includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections. Will your team make the cut? Find out below
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Foreign Intrigue
Is Yi Jianlian another Yao Ming--or Wang Zhizhi? An NBA team will likely use a top draft pick to find out
Jersey Boys
A tirelessly upbeat coach and a shocking rise to the Top 10 have Rutgers and the Garden State partying like it's 1869
Jock the Vote
The results are in—and mixed—for sports figures who ran for public office