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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW PART 1

WHO CAN CATCH THE CATS?

THE CONTENDERS

ARIZONA

DUKE

VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

AND ...

NORTHERN IOWA PANTHERS

Their Key: Make March Madness a Slow Dance

KENTUCKY'S BIG THREE

Karl-Anthony Towns

Willie Cauley-Stein

Dakari Johnson

PLUS

CRISIS IN THE TRIANGLE

Rasheed Sulaimon's Complicated Case

BY EMILY KAPLAN

P. 60

+

How Carolina Lost Its Way

BY S.L. PRICE

P. 64

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SI HAS REGIONAL COVER: AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (KENTUCKY); PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SI PREMEDIA

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DOUG MCSCHOOLER/AP (SETH TUTTLE)

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ISAIAH J. DOWNING/USA TODAY SPORTS (WES WASHPUN)

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