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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

GIVE HIM TIME

The Raiders will need patience with QB Carson Palmer, but that won't help their AFC West chances

By Jim Trotter

PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

By Peter King

TRADE ACT

Forget the waiver wire. If you want to bolster your roster down the stretch, think trade, and this week's wish list is a virtual geography lesson, complete with Rivers and Bushes

By David Sabino

DOES THE SHOE FIT?

The marriage between the alternately fascinating and maddening Denard (Shoelace) Robinson and a pro-style scheme has been an imperfect union

By Lee Jenkins

MUDDY PICTURE

A surprising Breeders' Cup Classic brought no clarity to the Horse of the Year race

By Mark Beech

KENYA GET ANY FASTER?

By David Epstein

SECONDS COUNT

By Michael Farber

LSU-ALABAMA

STILL THE ONE

An instant classic it was not. But after LSU and Alabama played more than 60 minutes of tense, hard-hitting football, the national championship picture had not changed: The top-ranked Tigers remain the team to beat

By Austin Murphy

GAMES OF THE WEEK

Here are the teams and the themes to follow this weekend

By Lars Anderson

PRO FOOTBALL

BETTER LUCKY THAN GOOD?

As the sidelined Peyton Manning looks on in dismay, the winless Colts are enduring a disastrous season that could put them in position to draft ... his successor. A team and a town are conflicted.

By Damon Hack

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

THE CASE FOR THE DEFENSE

For a sport awash in stats, accurate measurements of defensive prowess are hard to come by. So SI did its own possession-by-possession study of five title contenders, graded every player and every play—and came to some surprising conclusions

By Luke Winn

WIN ONE FOR THE HOME TEAM

Notre Dame began wooing point guard Skylar Diggins when she was 14. After a bitter loss in last April's Final Four, the South Bend native has one childhood memory she's determined to re-create: a victory parade

By Richard Deitsch

HERE COME THE BEARS

LED BY THE NATION'S BEST PLAYER, BAYLOR WILL WIN ITS FIRST TITLE IN SEVEN SEASONS

By Richard Deitsch

SCOUTING REPORTS

1 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

Stocked with NBA-caliber talent at every position, it's national championship or bust in Chapel Hill

By Luke Winn

2 KENTUCKY WILDCATS

Will this latest class of blue-chip recruits finally bring coach John Calipari his first NCAA title?

By Kelli Anderson

3 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Their big man has rounded out his NBA lottery--worthy game, which means no early exit this year

By Kelli Anderson

4 UCONN HUSKIES

Thanks to an emerging star at the point, Connecticut won't have to pass up the chance to defend its crown

By Matt Gagne

5 DUKE BLUE DEVILS

The talent is still developing, sure, but there's more than enough to bring another title back to Durham

By Pablo S. Torre

6 FLORIDA GATORS

With more speed than size this year, Billy Donovan is returning to a style of play that should look familiar

By Andy Staples

7 PITTSBURGH PANTHERS

Will the bitter memory of a last-second loss help propel Pitt to the season's final weekend?

By Rebecca Shore

8 SYRACUSE ORANGE

Coach Jim Boeheim has given his senior point guard the green light, and he'll make the team go

By Seth Davis

9 VANDERBILT COMMODORES

With its big three, can Vandy finally shed its underdog role and make a deep tournament run?

By Bill Trocchi

10 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

After watching another Big East team take the title last year, these Cards will make a run of their own

By Ryan Hatch

11 MEMPHIS TIGERS

Josh Pastner has given his program an NBA feel—perfect for taking the Tigers to the next level

By Kelli Anderson

12 KANSAS JAYHAWKS

Even with the thinnest roster in years, an eighth straight regular-season championship is in reach

By Pablo S. Torre

13 WISCONSIN BADGERS

A lineup full of new faces will be taking cues from the nation's most sure-handed point guard

By Matt Gagne

14 BAYLOR BEARS

A formidable front line will make sure coach Scott Drew's team doesn't come up short

By Seth Davis

15 UCLA BRUINS

No true home court? No problem, thanks to a forward who has embraced the SoCal lifestyle

By Ryan Hatch

16 XAVIER MUSKETEERS

Chris Mack's team may have found the x factor needed to slay a few more giants this season

By Dan Greene

17 CINCINNATI BEARCATS

The tournament drought is over, and going deep into March should be the new norm for a rising program

By Rebecca Shore

18 ARIZONA WILDCATS

A departed superstar will be replaced by committee—in a mediocre conference, that's more than enough

By Dan Greene

19 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

Last year a star emerged from nowhere; now a blue-chip recruit needs to finally find his game

By Pablo S. Torre

20 ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Can Tuscaloosa be more than just a football town? This hungry team aims to find out

By Lars Anderson

FILLING THE BRACKETS

SI PICKS THE 48 TEAMS THAT WILL JOIN THE TOP 20 IN THE BIG DANCE NEXT MARCH

By Bill Trocchi

DEWAYNE DEDMON

DEWAYNE DEDMON'S LEAP OF FAITH

Discouraged for religious reasons from playing basketball, a young Jehovah's Witness who would soon be 7 feet tall had to decide whether to follow his mother's ardent beliefs or his own heart

By Chris Ballard

POINT AFTER

PITY THE CHILDREN

By Phil Taylor

Departments

LETTERS

THAT MAGIC MOMENT

Magic Johnson's HIV announcement 20 years ago changed the discussion

By Chris Ballard

HOT | NOT

FOR THE RECORD

Just a Little Later for Slater

By Austin Murphy

A (Very Heated) Fan's Notes

Cleveland's rage at LeBron James finds voice in an angry and acidic broadside

By Ben Reiter

L.A. Story's Happy Turn

Frank McCourt's agreement to sell his team ends Dodger blues

By Lee Jenkins

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JUST MY TYPE

By Dan Patrick