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Alexander Wolff
March 24, 2003
SI's Complete Bracket Picks for 2003
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March 24, 2003

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SI's Complete Bracket Picks for 2003

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1 KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY
IU might. PU might. But Jags? No way

KENTUCKY
Ducks can bang with big Cats, but UK's smothers Brothers backcourt lock up Jackson and Ridnour

KENTUCKY
Somebody's streak ends in the Twin Cities, and isn't Big Blue's Weber's bid to repeat its' 99 Carolina upset doesn't happen

PITT
Panthers grab and protect early lead with guard play to match UK's as Howland-to- UCLA talk clogs SoCal agaves on eve of Final Four

ARIZONA
As savvy as Panthers are with the pass, ballhawks Gardner and Walton are even better at shutting down passing lanes, a skill Lute Olson obsesses over at practice

16 IUPUI

8 OREGON

OREGON
Two Lukes plus frontline depth beat Utes

9 UTAH

5 WISCONSIN

WEBER STATE
Boyette leads nation's other hot Wildcats

WEBER STATE
In battle of the balanced, Big Sky champs spread scoring around a smidgen better and run streak to 19

12 WEBER STATE

4 DAYTON

DAYTON
Flyers get nod for balance and chemistry

13 TULSA

6 MISSOURI

MISSOURI
Tigers depend less on three than last year

MISSOURI
Best second-round show: Paulding plays Wade even, and Johnson gets better of Jackson around basket

PITT
Compared with mercurial Mizzou, Panthers are so disciplined that they rarely launch anything as reckless as a turnaround J

11 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

3 MARQUETTE

MARQUETTE
Crusaders slow but can't stop Wade & Co.

14 HOLY CROSS

7 INDIANA

ALABAMA
Ebbing Tide wins game of undeservings

PITT
Academics finally come to SEC: Nation's most willing passers give 'Bama grad-level chemistry lesson

10 ALABAMA

2 PITT

PITT
Panthers have more brawn, more savvy

15 WAGNER

WEST

1 ARIZONA

ARIZONA
UVM coach-radio host runs into static

ARIZONA
Brick-throwing Bearcats go cold against deep Arizona D, lose in Round 2 for fifth time in six years

ARIZONA
It's win-win: Panthers earn tournament darling label Cats enjoy harmless dry run before Elite Eight showdown with KU

ARIZONA
Just as they did in January, nine-deep Wildcats use second-half surge to sink paper-thin KU in showdown of top two preseason teams

16 VERMONT

8 CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI
Bearcats defense locks down Bulldogs

9 GONZAGA

5 NOTRE DAME

WIS.- MILWAUKEE
Slumping Irish exposed on D, boards

WIS.- MILWAUKEE
Panthers' frenetic ball-hawking defense causes nightmare for careless Hilltoppers backcourt

12 WIS.- MILWAUKEE

4 ILLINOIS

WESTERN KENTUCKY
Hot 'Toppers sink green Illini with threes

13 WESTERN KENTUCKY

6 CREIGHTON

CREIGHTON
Korver vs. Kaman? Pivots shrink in NCAAs

CREIGHTON
Notre Dame's Brey calls Bluejays, "this year's Kent State." Turnover prone Duke learns the hard way

KANSAS
Creighton loses when Korver struggles. Jayhawks defenders are tougher than anything he saw in the Missouri Valley

11 CENTRAL MICHIGAN

3 DUKE

DUKE
How did Rams win Mountain West bid?

14 COLORADO STATE

7 MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS
Massie lights up porous Sun Devils

KANSAS
Tigers boss Calipari trademarked REFUSE TO LOSE. Collison, Hinrich give KU right of first refusal

10 ARIZONA STATE

2 KANSAS

KANSAS
Prolific KU blitzes slow-moving Aggies

15 UTAH STATE

Now that we know that seniors are the key to tournament success, let's forget it, along with every other easy assumption about what to expect over the next three weeks. After a season of unpredictable tumult on and off the court, the postseason, too, resists doping out. The NCAA field welcomed more first-timers, seven, than in any year since 1986. An in-season No. 1, Alabama, just squeaked in. And seven of the Top 10 teams lost in their conference tournaments. Small wonder that NCAA committee members threw up their hands last Saturday, adjourning till some of the uncertainty sorted itself out. Against the backdrop of war, there'll be tight security at every site, including a rule that fans can't return to a session once they've left. But who'll want to leave? The first two rounds alone will deliver something unforgettable. They always do. And so the SI college hoops staff has looked through the haze to see who will have earned the right to party the hardest on Bourbon Street. Our picks are bared for all to see on the following pages.

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