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NCAA Tournament Preview (2017)

32 RISE AND SHINE

These five players are primed to come through in the clutch

By Brian Hamilton

40 THE BRACKET

Game-by-game picks for the whole tournament

By Dan Greene and Luke Winn

42 BACK TO THE HOOP

Threes are great, but three teams are hung up on the post

By Luke Winn

52 BUBBLING OVER

After 78 years of stubbing its toe, Northwestern dances

By Luke Winn

58 5-MINUTE GUIDE

The Cinderellas, the glue guys, the games and more

By Dan Greene

62 THE LEAD DOG

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson is ready for her run

By Stephanie Apstein

NFL

68 Wild Ride

Tony Jefferson's long, strange trip from Arizona to Baltimore

By Andy Benoit

NHL

72 So Long, Joe

Detroit's new reality: no Wings playoffs, no more Joe Louis Arena

By Michael Rosenberg

MLB

78 The Cubs Way

An excerpt from a new book about a historic World Series run

By Tom Verducci

Departments

4 SI.COM

6 Leading Off

12 Inbox

17 Scorecard

26 Faces in The Crowd

88 Point After

Steve Rushin: Cole Porter for sports lovers

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