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LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

THE MAIL

THE MAIL

CHICAGO BEARS

It's Getting a Little Offensive

UNCEASINGLY STURDY ON D (AND ONLY ON D), THE BEARS ASSEMBLED THEIR BEST PASS-CATCHING COMBO IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. THE RESULT? FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE—AND ALL-TOO-FAMILIAR FUNKS

By Austin Murphy

Bear Minimum

By Andrew Lawrence

Chuck, Luck and Pluck

Inspired by their ailing coach and guided by their rookie quarterback, the Colts are turning a throwaway season into something special

By Jim Trotter

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

The Big Chill

Don't be fooled by Cody Zeller's laid-back disposition: Big Handsome is thinking (and scoring) faster than everyone else

By Seth Davis

Future Game Changers

Below the radar, in towns not often associated with March Madness, three players are ready to make outsized contributions that could shape their schools' destinies—and their own

By Dan Greene

Scouting Reports

1 INDIANA

It's no boo boo: The fate of four returning starters lies in Yogi's hands

By Seth Davis

2 LOUISVILLE

The Cardinals are ready to aim and fire—and, for a change, not miss

By Kelli Anderson

3 KANSAS

A ninth straight Big 12 title pivots on a center who has gone from Stiffy to stud

By Pete Thamel

4 KENTUCKY

This year's selection of one-and-dones will be led by a wise old sophomore

By George Dohrman

5 N.C. STATE

The Wolfpack's sharpshooter has learned new ways to pull the trigger

By Luke Winn

6 MICHIGAN

Pick-and-rolls or post feeds? The versatile Wolverines can have both

By Luke Winn

7 OHIO STATE

A commitment to defense will keep the Buckeyes at the top of a loaded Big Ten

By Pete Thamel

8 DUKE

The more balanced Blue Devils have more than a passing chance at the ACC title

By Sarah Kwak

9 FLORIDA

The Gators have a simple formula for success: bulldoze, rinse, repeat

By Andy Staples

10 UCLA

Fresh talent, fast attack, new court—but the NCAA could damage a rebuilt program

By Dan Greene

11 SYRACUSE

Last year the point guard considered leaving. Now he has a chance to lead

By Dan Greene

12 NORTH CAROLINA

After taking in the scenery from the backseat, a sophomore is ready to drive

By Sarah Kwak

13 MICHIGAN STATE

The Spartans hope the new Derrick Nix can be the next Draymond Green

By Ryan Hatch

14 MISSOURI

AAU buddies in Boston are reuniting in Columbia. That'll shake up the SEC

By Andrew Lawrence

15 ARIZONA

To three superstar bigs, add a supersub who's glad to be back on the court

By Luke Winn

16 SAN DIEGO STATE

The Aztecs are deeper and better, if not bigger. And their star is aiming higher

By Kelli Anderson

17 CREIGHTON

To play longer in March, the Bluejays shut down their top player last summer

By Thayer Evans

18 MEMPHIS

The Tigers have the range to end a string of tournament one-and-dones

By Lars Anderson

19 UNLV

Point taken? A shooting guard must quickly learn what it takes to run a team

By George Dohrman

20 NOTRE DAME

A rugged big man plans to put some more fight in the Fighting Irish

By Pete Thamel

Filling the Brackets

There are plenty of NCAA sleepers in the Lower 48

By Bill Trocchi

The New Big Wheel in Knoxville

For 27 years Holly Warlick worked behind the scenes at Tennessee. Now she gets to run the sport's most fabled program and fill its biggest shoes. If only her ascent weren't so bittersweet

By Kelli Anderson

Grin and Bear It

Baylor has the top team—again—but here's the good news for opponents: All-everything center Brittney Griner is in her final year

By Richard Deitsch

To Survive You Must Evolve

Today's game begins with the guard, a trend that's been three decades in the making

By Alexander Wolff

The Past Was Fast

In 1990, Loyola Marymount and LSU played a legendary warp-speed game—257 possessions! 289 points!—the likes of which big-time hoops will never see again

By Luke Winn

POINT AFTER

Too White, Or All Right?

By Phil Taylor

Departments

First Steps Matter

What a race—and other diversions—can and should mean in the wake of disaster

By Kenny Moore

HOT | NOT

Pascual Perez 1957—2012

Erratic and enigmatic—but unfailingly entertaining

By Franz Lidz

A Distinguished Lineup

No joke—a new collection focuses on Jews in sports

By Alex Belth

Barter Kings

By Joe Sheehan

FANTASY PRO FOOTBALL

By David Sabino

The Case for ... BCS Chaos

By Andy Staples

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick