SI 2002-03 College Basketball Preview
They snuck up on everyone last year, beating Top 25 team after Top 25 team to open the season. With everyone coming back and a top-notch recruiting haul, the Arizona Wildcats won't surprise anyone this winter. Led by three -- that's right, three -- seniors, cover boys Jason Gardner and Luke Walton & Co. have the inside track on the NCAA title. The rest of our Top 20, not to mention the remainder of our 65-team tournament field, is a mishmash of traditional powers, mid-majors and a few surprises -- many a result of all the recent early defections to the NBA.
Michael J. LeBrecht II/1Deuce3
Use the menu below to read scouting reports on No. 1 Arizona and the rest of Sports Illustrated's Top 20, plus find out who else we think will be dancing come March.
Issue date: November 25, 2002