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November 19, 2001 Table Of Contents

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Catching Up With...

John Huarte, Heisman Winner NOVEMBER 2, 1964

By Hali Helfgott

Si View

Minnesota Twin Killing Greedy owners may disband the Twins, but memories of growing up at the Met will never fade

By Steve Rushin

SI View The Week in TV Sports

By Richard Deitsch

A Slam Dunk

By Richard Deitsch

Hockey Hotline is the site for fans of the sport in North America and abroad who want their voices heard

By John O'Keefe

Pro Football

Free-For-All Which teams don't have a shot at reaching the playoffs? Not many in this wacky season when Sunday's losers need remember they're only a week from turning things around

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast

By Paul Zimmerman

Go-to Guy When quarterback Drew Bledsoe went down, the Patriots turned to unheralded Tom Brady, who is the biggest surprise of the first half

By Jeffri Chadiha

College Football

Soph Touch Fun-loving and Steve Spurrier-resistant, Florida's Rex Grossman may become the first second-year player to win the Heisman Trophy

By Kelley King

Florida's Finest

By David Sabino


Inside The Week in Sports

Inside The NHL

Inside The NHL

By Kostya Kennedy

In The Crease

By Pierre McGuire

Inside Olympic Sports

Inside Olympic Sports

By Brian Cazeneuve; Tim Layden

Inside The NBA

Inside The NBA

By Ian Thomsen

Inside College Football

Inside College Football

By Ivan Maisel; Austin Murphy

Time Well Invested Wendell Bryant's fourth season with Wisconsin has been invaluable

By Kelley King

College Basketball Preview 2001-02

Goin' Back To School

Novel Approach Though he hasn't given up all his old ways, Bob Knight has shown a warmer side in his first appearances at Texas Tech

By L. Jon Wertheim

Cardinal Ruler After four unhappy seasons with the Celtics, Rick Pitino returns to his beloved college game--and to the state of Kentucky

By Seth Davis

The Road Not Taken Duke guard Jason Williams might have been the first player chosen in the NBA draft, but he decided to stay in school because he figured he still has a lot to learn

By Alexander Wolff

Scouting Reports Everybody's off and running to get to the Final Four in Atlanta, but when it's all over, Duke figures to be the winner again

1 Duke A core of talented returnees enhances the Blue Devils' bid to retain their championship

By Alexander Wolff

2 Illinois The return to form of a forgotten star could make for an award-winning season

By Seth Davis

3 Kentucky The battle for playing time among the Wildcats might be as fierce as their games

By Seth Davis

4 Kansas Smaller, faster, finish higher: That's the motto of the new and improved Jayhawks

By Grant Wahl

5 Maryland It took the Terps 63 years to make a Final Four, but they may return a year later

By Seth Davis

6 UCLA A secret the deep, talented Bruins can't keep: They're of championship caliber

By Phil Taylor

7 Florida The talented Gators are thinking of what might be, not what might have been

By Mark Bechtel

8 St. Joseph's The Hawks are ready to prove that last year's Atlantic 10 championship was no fluke

By Kelley King

9 Missouri It's Kareem Rush hour for the Tigers, who are on the fast track to success

By Grant Wahl

10 Iowa With Luke Recker healthy the Hawkeyes hope to fulfill the promise of last season

By Grant Wahl

11 Memphis If the Tigers can get their chemistry right, they figure to be an explosive group

By Mark Bechtel

12 Stanford The Cardinal lost a lot, but a trip Down Under may help put it back on top

By Kelli Anderson

13 Virginia A badly needed infusion of muscle should make the Cavaliers tougher to beat

By Seth Davis

14 USC After facing their critical coach, the Trojans will find playing their games easy

By Phil Taylor

15 Kent State The Golden Flashes would rather not be ranked, but they're too good to ignore

By Chris Ballard

16 Oklahoma State The Cowboys hope to lift their fans' spirits after last January's tragic plane crash

By Grant Wahl

17 Temple Development of young players is the Owls' key to a Final Four berth

By Kostya Kennedy

18 Georgetown An upgraded early schedule could pay off late in the season

By Seth Davis

19 Arizona These Wildcats are young, but they've proved they're ready for the big time

By Albert Lin

20 Western Kentucky The Hilltoppers, led by the country's best big man, hope to reach new heights

By Daniel G. Habib

The Rest Of The Best Here are the 45 other schools that SI projects will fill out the NCAA tournament field of 65, which includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections

Back On The Ball After taking a year off to deal with depression, North Carolina's Nikki Teasley promises to be as flamboyant as ever--and more effective

By Tim Layden

Break Up The Huskies Would reduced scholarship limits stop perennial powers like No. 1 pick (again) Connecticut from stockpiling talent?

By Chris Ballard

Welcome To The Big Time In the last 10 years 30 teams have joined Division I, though most have faced years of losing and seas of red ink. Is moving up the right move?

By Grant Wahl and George Dohrmann

Star-Studded Lineup

By Rick Reilly


Books A basketball tome that's too ambitious, even for the supposed thinking man

By Charles Hirshberg

This Bird Dog Still Hunts Detroit Pistons scout Will Robinson, 90, thinks he's way too young to retire

By Marty Burns

Leading Off



By Tom Verducci Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic

Victory Lane

Edited by Albert Kim and Mark Mravic