COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW
54 Between Friends
Longtime pals O.J. Mayo and Kevin Love have created an instant rivalry in L.A.
by Grant Wahl
63 Best of Enemies
Seven hoops feuds fueled by poaching coaches, buzzer-beaters and bad blood
by Luke Winn
70 A Pillar of Strength
How Essence Carson emerged as the voice of embattled Rutgers. Plus the women's Top 10
by Kelli Anderson
76 5 Minute Guide
A fast-break run through the top players, story lines and new faces
by Seth Davis
78 Scouting Reports
The men's Top 20, along with the rest of the 65-team NCAA tournament field
36 Breaking Away
The Cowboys overpowered the Giants to take control of the NFC East. Looming ahead: a showdown with the Packers
By Damon Hack
44 Bowl Chaos Season
Illinois's upset of No. 1 Ohio State shook up an already tumultuous national title race. Who's in the best shape to win it all?
By Austin Murphy
50 Waiting for Kobe?
His arrival would create problems. But if the Bulls don't start winning soon, they may have to trade for Kobe Bryant
By Jack McCallum
8 Leading Off
• Welcome to the Charlie Weis error
• First Person: Shalrie Joseph
• Remembering Dick Nolan
• Norman Mailer's love of boxing
35 Faces in the Crowd
132 Life of Reilly
A Buckeye's life—and another one far from it by Rick Reilly
• The Chase is over
124 College Football
• The nation's leading rusher is...
125 High School Football
• A Polynesian influence in Utah
128 The NFL
• Will Reggie Bush ever be a star?
130 The NHL
• Ottawa picks up where it left off
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT BECK (LOVE, MAYO), MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/IDEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (LOFTON, DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, PRUITT, WHITE), DARREN CARROLL (JONES, AUGUSTIN), SIMON BRUTY (HIBBERT, DEVENDORF); BACKGROUND BY BOB ROSATO; COMPOSITE BY SI IMAGING
INSET PHOTO: Brad Mangin (Montgomery)
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78 BRU BY YOU UCLA junior Darren Collison, a preseason All-America point guard, knows how to find the open floor for the No. 2 Bruins.
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BOB ROSATO (MOSS)
DARREN CARROLL (JONES, AUGUSTIN)
STARTING FIVE: For the college hoops preview SI has printed five regional covers depicting red-hot rivalries across the country.
ROBERT BECK (LOVE, MAYO)
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/IDEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (PRUITT, WHITE)
SIMON BRUTY (HIBBERT, DEVENDORF)
MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/IDEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (LOFTON, DOUGLAS-ROBERTS)