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11/13/2007 04:47:00 PM
SI's Preview Issue dropped today, with five regional covers. Gardner-Webb/Mercer barely missed the cut. Our Top 20 -- as voted on by the SI panel -- is here.
Carolina, Duke, Texas and Texas A&M are mine, as is the "rivalry" bit that's teased on the cover. But that's a four-page foldout you'll have to peruse in print.
(A clarification for all the comments-section folk complaining about the lack of Duke-UNC or Kentucky-Louisville covers ... the concept inside the magazine is NEW rivalries, not classic ones. So their omission was intentional. Georgetown-'Cuse, obviously, is not new, but was included as a "reheated" rivalry after going through a down period for much of the decade.)
Duke-UNC is always on the cover. Everyone is sick of Duke-UNC. Syracuse-Georgetown is a rivalry with a great history. Now that Georgetown is "back" the rivalry is as hot as ever. I'm not saying Duke-UNC isn't a good rivalry, I think it is probably the best in college b-ball. It's just that people are getting tired of seeing them on the cover of every publication.