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The All-Maddening Team

Everyone has good days and bad, but these players can't be matched for their infuriating ups and downs

By Gene Menez

Start ' Em

WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

Sit' Em

Don't Like the Matchup

5 Minute Fantasy

Kmart Special

Rail-thin Kevin Martin is putting up robust numbers for the Kings

By Chris Mannix

Fast Break

Here are the NBA's hottest starters

By David Sabino

Air and Space

186 Miles and a Cloud of Dust

By Steve Rushin

SI Players: Life On and Off the Field

James Laurinaitis

OHIO STATE LINEBACKER

As told to Elizabeth Newman

Who's Hot/Who's Not

The Questions With Kareem McKenzie

Giants Tackle

The Zoo Story

Mikki Moore's love of animals is no croc

By Elizabeth Newman

The Pop Culture Grid

Living with The Man

Uprooted by Katrina, a football standout has found sure footing with his coach

By Lars Anderson

The First Wave

Where the most coveted recruits are headed

The List

SI Players: Life on and Off the Field

Pom-pom Power

Cheerleaders pull up their boots and train for Sundays on the sidelines

By Ben Reiter

Features

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?

By Austin Murphy

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?

By Michael Farber

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?

By Nunyo Demasio

Quick Snap

This game terrorizes you and keeps you awake at night, but that's what keeps me coming back

By Matt Birk

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

By Written by Grant Wahl

A HIGH-INTENSITY HEEL

A relentless workout regimen has helped Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough bulk up his NBA-ready game

By Grant Wahl

GEORGETOWN'S NEXT GIANT

Seven-footer Roy Hibbert has transformed himself from a project into a powerhouse in the pivot

By Julia Morrill

THE GO-TO GATORS

Florida's dynamic duo of Joakim Noah and Al Horford keep driving each other to new heights

By Grant Wahl

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

By Kelli Anderson

Women's Top 10

Maryland has the makings of a dynasty, but history--and a strong field--could stand in the champs' way

By Richard Deitsch

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

By Seth Davis

Scouting Reports

1 Kansas

Having learned hard lessons last season, the young and talent-rich Jayhawks will leap to the top

By Seth Davis

2 Florida

The Gators' starters are back, but can they remain champs now that everyone wants a bite of them?

By Grant Wahl

3 UNC

The Tar Heels have the talent to outrun anyone, but can they keep all of their young guns happy?

By Grant Wahl

4 LSU

After a disappointing end to a stellar season, a not-as--Big Baby is hungrier on and off the court

By Luke Winn

5 UCLA

The concept of the Final Four may be elusive in Cameroon, but it's within the grasp of one favorite son

By Seth Davis

6 ALABAMA

The Crimson Tide's Final Four chances will rest on the shoulders of its All-America candidate

By Ted Keith

7 Georgetown

With a pair of experienced big men leading the way, the Hoyas are poised for a long postseason run

By Julia Morrill

8 OHIO STATE

The Buckeyes' improving floor leader must guide the talented but tenderfoot Thad Five by example

By Kelli Anderson

9 WISCONSIN

A fifth-year forward who remains a kid at heart looks to power the Badgers to the top of the Big Ten

By Luke Winn

10 PITTSBURGH

Delaying his shot at the NBA, the Panthers' big man is back to take care of unfinished business

By Julia Morrill

11 ARIZONA

Bucking the big man trend, the Wildcats will go smaller and faster with a trio of explosive wings

By Grant Wahl

12 TEXAS A&M

A formerly quiet point guard has become the vocal leader of the country's best turnaround story

By Kelli Anderson

13 CREIGHTON

The Bluejays' top shooter returns, healthy and aiming to lead them back to the top of the Valley

By Seth Davis

14 WASHINGTON

Despite an improved inside game, the Huskies' biggest weapon is a marksman in the mold of the Pistol

By Kelli Anderson

15 DUKE

With Redick and Williams gone, a sophomore forward will carry the offense and call the shots

By Kevin Armstrong

16 WICHITA STATE

A challenging schedule won't faze the seasoned Shockers and their self-assured swingman

By Seth Davis

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

By Luke Winn

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

The NBA

By Ian Thomsen

The NFL

By Jeffri Chadiha

Peter King's Corner

By Peter King

Dr. Z's Forecast: Broncos Bust the Bolts

By Paul Zimmerman

College Football

By Phil Taylor

Boxing

By Chris Mannix

Soccer

By Grant Wahl

Motor Sports

By Lars Anderson

Life of Reilly

Everything Must Go

By Rick Reilly

Departments

Memories of the Mick

A unique collection of tales and artifacts provides an intimate new look at Mickey Mantle

By Gary Van Sickle

Inside Cover Description

Foreign Intrigue

Is Yi Jianlian another Yao Ming--or Wang Zhizhi? An NBA team will likely use a top draft pick to find out

By Chris Mannix

Leading Off

Letters

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

By Michael Farber

A Yen for an Ace

Why the Red Sox broke the bank for the right to talk to a ballyhooed Japanese fireballer

By Tom Verducci

For the Record

By Grant Wahl

Jock the Vote

The results are in—and mixed—for sports figures who ran for public office

Q&A Dennis Haysbert

The actor (Major League, 24) plays a special forces operative on CBS's The Unit

By Richard Deitsch

The Beat

By Adam Duerson

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Chris Mannix

Faces in the Crowd