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MARCH MADNESS PREVIEW 2018

28

THINK BIG

A quartet of stellar freshman forwards could determine the course of the tournament

BY JEREMY WOO

38

PACK-LINE D

Is Tony Bennett's system too extreme to bring Virginia its first NCAA championship?

BY ANDY STAPLES

48

CARE TO DANCE?

SI provides a quirky guide to help with that most difficult March pursuit: picking your bracket

56

TOWERS OF POWER

The top women's NCAA tournament contenders have one (ahem) big thing in common this season

BY RICHARD DEITSCH

NBA

62

DWANE CASEY

He has not only designed a revolutionary defense for the Raptors, but he's also challenging assumptions about black coaches

BY LEE JENKINS

HIGH SCHOOL

70

CAM REDDISH

Headed to Duke, the top five recruit from Norristown, Pa., may reset expectations for the modern basketball player

BY CHRIS JOHNSON

TRUE CRIME

74

BYRON MCLAUGHLIN

Four decades ago he went to Mexico to revive his pitching career. He picked up a different (illicit) skill

BY DAN GREENE

DEPARTMENTS

SI TV

P. 4

LEADING OFF

P. 6

INBOX

P. 12

SCORECARD

P. 15

FACES IN THE CROWD

P. 26

POINT AFTER

P. 82

ON THE COVER

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BACKGROUND: HEINZ KLUETMEIER (4); MANNY MILLAN (4); RICH CLARKSON (3); DAVID E. KLUTHO (3); BOB ROSATO (3); FOCUS ON SPORT/GETTY IMAGES (2); DOUG PENSINGER/GETTY IMAGES (2); NEIL LEIFER (2); AP; TODD J. VAN EMST/OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS/AP; JAMES DRAKE; STEPHEN DUNN/GETTY IMAGES; JEFF GROSS/GETTY IMAGES; MITCHELL LAYTON/GETTY IMAGES; JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES; MIKE POWELL/GETTY IMAGES; JOHN D. HANLON; ANDY HAYT; JOHN W. MCDONOUGH; PETER READ MILLER; GREG NELSON; TONY GUTIERREZ/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK; BOB JORDAN/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK; BRIAN HORTEN/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK; BILL STREATOR/AP/SHUTTERSTOCK; DAMIAN STROHMEYER