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November 23, 1998 Table Of Contents

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Golf Plus

Back In Business Greg Norman ended a seven-month layoff in style by teaming with Steve Elkington to win the Shark Shootout

By Alan Shipnuck

News & Notes

By Cameron Morfit Edited by Kevin Cook

My Caddies And Me

By Jeff Sluman

This Week

By Cameron Morfit

Catching Up With...

Rickey Green, Point Guard November 29, 1976

By Jamal Greene

Faces In The Crowd

Faces In The Crowd

Si View

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By John Walters

The Grass Is Greener Finding serious news highly frivolous, Keith Olbermann returns to fun and games

By Steve Rushin

College Football

Kansas Statement Quarterback Michael Bishop redeemed himself brilliantly after three early fumbles and kept K-State's perfect season alive with a historic win over Nebraska

By Tim Layden

Pro Football

Atlanta On Fire The Falcons are now much tougher birds, as the 49ers found out in losing a battle for the NFC West lead

By David Fleming

College Basketball 98

The 50 Reasons Why College Basketball Is Better Than Pro Basketball

Got the NBA lockout blues? Relax, and let us count the ways that the college game is superior

By Steve Rushin; Jack McCallum; Tim Crothers

...The Stars Of Tomorrow Keep an eye on these five cosmic performers, four freshmen and a junior college transfer, who are set to launch careers that could send their teams rocketing up the rankings

By Tim Crothers

Wally World He might as well be on another planet given the scant attention he gets, but Miami of Ohio forward Wally Szczerbiak just may be the best player in the nation

By Alexander Wolff

Scouting Reports In what promises to be a season of surprises, Stanford is the pick to take the title

1. Stanford There's only one thing in short supply for the deep, physical and experienced Cardinal: tickets

By Kelli Anderson

2. Duke Last year the timid young Blue Devils ended their season in disastrous fashion; this year they're older, bolder and wiser

By Tim Crothers

3. Connecticut Gifted sophomore Khalid El-Amin has revised his priorities at the point: lead by passing, especially to Richard Hamilton

By Lars Anderson

4. Maryland Three top-flight starters are back for the Terps, but it may be a well-traveled newcomer who carries them to St. Petersburg

By Tim Crothers

5. Michigan State Where once was Earvin Johnson, there's now Mateen Cleaves, another Spartan guard sparking talk of magic in March

By Grant Wahl

6. Kentucky After an off-season rife with ugly incidents, what kind of season can the damaged Wildcats expect? Merely to repeat as champs

By Seth Davis

7. Temple John Chaney has the talent to run his trusty three-guard lineup, which means hell to pay for somebody in the NCAAs

By B.J. Schecter

8. Washington Mixing a sweet-shooting center with a sugar-shunning guard, the Huskies are anticipating a honey of a season

By Kelli Anderson

9. Massachusetts They're strong and deep, but if the Minutemen can't learn to hit the three-pointer, their Final Four hopes are a long shot

By Lars Anderson

10. North Carolina For the Tar Heels to reach a 25th straight NCAA tournament they'll have to turn to a less traditional source: freshmen

By Tim Crothers

11. UCLA Coming back after knee surgery and a burger binge, guard Baron Davis leads the best cast of young players in the land

By Kelli Anderson

12. Georgia In Athens they're talking of dethroning SEC king Kentucky, and thanks to one super sophomore, they very well might

By Seth Davis

13. Utah If you listen to coach Rick Majerus, his depleted Utes don't stand a chance this season. Don't listen to him

By Kelli Anderson

14. Oklahoma State The Cowboys may be small, but they figure that by season's end they'll be standing tall as Big 12 champs

By Grant Wahl

15. Tennessee Fresh from its first NCAA bid in nearly a decade, Knoxville's "other basketball team" is ready to turn heads on campus

By Seth Davis

16. Syracuse If everything goes right, a trio of promising juniors could hand Jim Boeheim his most balanced team in more than a decade

By Jack McCallum

17. Rhode Island The Rams are loaded with talent--and much of it belongs to Lamar Odom, who at 6'10" has the skills of a point guard

By Seth Davis

18. Xavier James Posey is ready to leave his sixth-man role and join the distinguished fraternity of Musketeers power forwards

By B.J. Schecter

19. New Mexico Kenny Thomas, a.k.a. Baby Shaq, is 25 pounds lighter and eager to shed his reputation as a postseason folding act

By Tim Crothers

20. Arkansas Nolan Richardson says he wants to turn his smallish Hogs into nasty little dogs. Then he can unleash his devilish plan

By Tim Crothers

21. Indiana How long is Bob Knight likely to keep his new cool? Until his undersized squad, led by A.J. Guyton, comes up short

By L. Jon Wertheim

22. Kansas The Jayhawks appear destined for another early exit from the NCAAs. This year, though, their fans won't be so shocked

By Grant Wahl

23. Miami (Ohio) Last year the RedHawks waited for the other shoe to drop (it did); this year they're ready for Cinderella's slipper

By B.J. Schecter

24. TCU With high-scoring Lee Nailon returning after a near jump to the NBA, Billy Tubbs is dreaming of a 200-point game

By Grant Wahl

25. UNLV Deep, balanced and free of the off-the-court distractions of the past, these unrebellious Rebels are up and running again

By Kelli Anderson

The Rest of the Best

The Alltime Alumni Weekend Imagine that the best players from all the top colleges magically came together to decide which program had the greatest team of all. We did, and we'll tell you who won

By Jack McCallum

Billy The Kid After two banner recruiting classes in a row, Florida's hotshot young coach Billy Donovan has this to say to the skeptics: I'm no outlaw

By S.L. Price

Can Anyone Stop Tennessee? Despite an opening-week loss on Purdue's home court, the mighty Lady Vols are still SI's pick to roll to their fourth straight title, in San Jose

By Richard Deitsch

Now Hear This In becoming an instant star for Tennessee, Tamika Catchings also became a role model for the hearing impaired

By Kelli Anderson



Inside College Football

Inside College Football

By Ivan Maisel; Ian Thomsen

Possessed By Possession Just try to take the ball from Travis Prentice, the nation's No. 2 rusher

By B.J. Schecter

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Kostya Kennedy

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside The NFL

Inside The NFL

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Inside Baseball

Inside Baseball

By Tom Verducci

Hot Stove Report

By Tom Verducci and Jeff Pearlman

The Life Of Reilly Uphill Battle for a Downhill Skier

By Rick Reilly


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By Tom Verducci; Phil Taylor Edited By Richard O'Brien And Bob Roe