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November 25, 2002 | Volume 97, Issue 21

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Jason Gardner Cover - Sports Illustrated November 25, 2002

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
After cleaning house in the off-season, the Wildcats are ready to put a turmoil-filled year behind them

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
2001-02 RECORD: 22-10 (10-6, T1 in SEC East)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Maryland in Sweet 16

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
473Consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal. Only UNLV (507) and Vanderbilt (504) have longer streaks.

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Shored up by a trio of talented imports, the Cavaliers should have ample staying power this season

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
2001-02 RECORD: 17-12 (7-9, 5th in ACC)TOURNAMENT: Lost to S. Carolina in NIT 1st round

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
7Straight seasons without a victory in the ACC tournament, the longest active streak in the nine-school conference.

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
A surprising star and a ready-for-impact transfer figure to have the Golden Eagles flying high

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 26-7 (13-3, 2nd in C-USA American)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Tulsa in 1st round

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
571Points scored last season by All-Conference USA shooting guard Dwyane Wade, the most by a sophomore in school history.

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
With an exciting freshman class joining a solid group of veterans, the Wildcats have heightened expectations—and the tools to meet them

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
2001-02 RECORD: 19-13 (7-9, 5th in Big East East)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Temple in 3rd round of NIT

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
92.7%Career free throw percentage of Gary Buchanan, who's on pace to break the Division I record of 90.9%, held by Greg Starrick.

November 25, 2002 | Chris Ballard
Blending the star freshmen in with the veterans could be a challenge

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
Lacking big names and big players, the Golden Hurricane gets the job done by sticking together

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 27-7 (15-3, T1 in WAC)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Kentucky in 2nd round

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
78.3Percentage of scoring that Golden Hurricane brings back from last year's team, which earned a share of the WAC title.

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
The Golden Hurricane love to play up-tempo from end to end

November 25, 2002
Here are the other 45 schools that SI projects will get berths in the 65-team NCAA tournament, which includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
Overlooked by mighty UConn and Tennessee, Duke's determined do-it-all guard, Alana Beard, is out to make them pay this year

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
As the women's game gets quicker and quicker, watch for Duke to sprint to the top this season

November 25, 2002 | Kelli Anderson
1. Duke2. Tennessee3. LSU4. Connecticut5. Kansas State6. Georgia7. Texas Tech8. Texas9. Stanford10. Vanderbilt

November 25, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
When James Naismith first committed to paper his 13 precepts of basketball in 1891, he could not have foreseen how well those commandments would hold up—or how fiercely the document itself would...

November 25, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
Here are his rules and how they've played out

November 25, 2002
College Football

November 25, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Look at Us NowPowerful performances by Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury and Penn State's Larry Johnson give them Heisman heat

November 25, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Michigan QB John NavarrevarsusOhio State CB Chris Gamble

November 25, 2002 | Daniel G. Habib
Nobody lives for Kentucky football more avidly than 83-year-old Jim Brown. A Lexington resident and a 1942 Kentucky graduate, Brown has attended every Wildcats home game since the '45 season: 340...

November 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Bronx-Bound BomberAs the Yanks closed in on a deal with Hideki Matsui, other teams whined and unloaded big contracts

November 25, 2002 | Tom Verducci
Owners like to think a "market correction" is taking place with free agents, but the lack of activity is due mostly to the unspectacular crop of players out there. Don't expect the same next...

November 25, 2002 | Jeffri Chadiha
Duce Is LooseRegrouping after the loss of Donovan McNabb, the Eagles turn to resurgent running back Duce Staley

November 25, 2002 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH...Bucs wideout Keyshawn Johnson

November 25, 2002 | Paul Zimmerman
I actually heard some analysts say last week that if the Packers had clinched the NFC North on Sunday, becoming the earliest team to wrap up a playoff spot since the league went to a 16-game...

November 25, 2002
This week's College Basketball Preview found its unifying principle on July 22, when senior editor Dick Friedman opened an e-mail from staff writer Seth Davis. "Two words: Old School" the e-mail...

November 25, 2002 | Rick Reilly
He's ranked No. 1 nationally in his class. Basketball coaches ask about him constantly. He'll play more than 80 games this year around the nation.

November 25, 2002
Buying BondsWhy does Rick Reilly insist on writing a nasty article about Barry Bonds once a year (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Nov. 4)? The "Back off or I'll snap," quote was taken out of context and used...

November 25, 2002
LETTERS

November 25, 2002 | Kristin Green Morse
AUGUST 25, 1986

November 25, 2002 | Steve Rushin
The middle '80s were the Middle Ages for Bill Moss, a Notre Dame alumnus (class of '67) living in Dublin. In that benighted decade, Fighting Irish football floated in on a fickle breeze from...

November 25, 2002 | Franz Lidz
With trained pigs, wacky nuns and Vasectomy Night, Mike Veeck is teaching the sports world to give fans their funny's worth

November 25, 2002
RetiredFrom active batboy service, Darren Baker, 3, son of Dusty Baker, the former Giants manager who last Friday signed a four-year deal with the Cubs. Darren was a batboy during the World...

November 25, 2002 | Stephen Cannella
Headed

November 25, 2002 | Bill Scheft
Welcome to the column. Do you prefer Jeff Smoker, or non-Jeff Smoker?

November 25, 2002
Why horses make no distinction between him, Bob Baffert and D. Wayne LukasThough hardly as well-known as those two, Lake, 37, wins more than anyone else. In 2001 he became the second trainer to...

November 25, 2002 | Bill Scheft
94Career touchdowns for C.W. Post running back Ian Smart, two more than the previous NCAA all-division record.

November 25, 2002
A pool for love? German freestyle swimmer Franziska van Almsick—who won a total of eight medals in the past three Olympic Games—recently dispelled retirement rumors by telling the German tabloid...

November 25, 2002
Twenty-seven years after the Thrilla in Manila we have the Duel in Kabul. Boxer Abdullah Shakin (right) clearly respects the jab of this mustachioed mauler, 60-year-old Muhammad Ali. The former...

November 25, 2002
A Colorado elementary school teacher who died at age 96 willed $40,729.88 to Ralphie, the buffalo mascot for the University of Colorado football team.

November 25, 2002
SAM CASSELLBucks guard, after being called for three fouls in 43 seconds against the Knicks: "I caught myself playing defense. Now I know what not to do."

November 25, 2002
NOVEMBER 22-28

November 25, 2002 | Mark Bechtel
Stewart's Bad Rap

November 25, 2002
Anthony Sidney, FULTON, MO.FootballAnthony, a senior halfback and cornerback at Fulton High, scored four touchdowns in a span of 3:51 during the second quarter of a 43-0 win over the School of the...

November 25, 2002
Hockey Heads

November 25, 2002
HALL MONITOR: c. Although he played only three NHL seasons, Dick Irvin is widely considered one of the toughest players to lace up skates. Irvin coached to 692 wins between 1928 and 1956.

November 25, 2002 | Kelley King
Ohio State is doing just enough to get to the Fiesta Bowl. Now for the toughest part: Michigan

November 25, 2002 | Peter King
Redskins coach Steve Spurrier doesn't have the personnel to make his wide-open offense click, but he keeps flinging it anyway

November 25, 2002 | Jack McCallum
For two seasons Orlando has waited for Grant Hill to get healthy. Now he's back, though many worry that—poof!—he could be gone again

November 25, 2002 | Kelley King
The education is intensive—and expensive—at IMG Academies, where sports come first and classes are fit into training regimens designed to help students reach their athletic goals

November 25, 2002 | Kelley King
IMG MAIN CAMPUS

November 25, 2002 | Kelley King
The change five years ago from a single-class Indiana state tournament to four classes ripped the heart from the basketball heartland.

November 25, 2002
Avant guards: For more on how Jason Gardner and other playmakers have taken over the college game, see cnnsi.com/basketball/college.

November 25, 2002
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November 25, 2002 | Albert Chen
For up-and-comer Ally Baker, there's no room in a hectic tournament and training schedule for classes

November 25, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
College basketball has a fundamental problem: lousy fundamentals. Everybody can jam, nobody can hit a jumps shot How to fix it? Go back to basics

November 25, 2002
MingspanHouston Rockets center Yao Ming looks like the Concorde soaring above his teammate Cuttino Mobley and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher during the Rockets' 93-89 victory in Los Angeles.

November 25, 2002 | Alexander Wolff
Even while college basketball purists bemoan a decline in the caliber of play, there are still beacons: coaches who place fundamentals first and foremost. Here's a quintet of the best instructors...

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
A quaint quintet in this hip-hop world, these players have textbook moves and a back-to-basics attitude. Dressed in vintage unis that symbolize their throwback values, this group would feel at...

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Kansas' Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich play the game the right way. And, make no mistake, it's fun to watch

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
When coach Charlie Coles teaches his basketball course at Miami (Ohio), it's a full-court test

November 25, 2002
At SI's request, Charlie Coles devised the following quiz based on material he covers in his class on coaching at Miami (Ohio). Answers appear at the end.

November 25, 2002
1. d; 2. b; 3. a; 4. d; 5. c; 6. b; 7. c; 8. b; 9. b; 10. c; 11. True; 12. True; 13. False; 14. False; 15. True; 16. e; 17. c; 18. a; 19. b; 20. d

November 25, 2002
TOP 20

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
Plain and simple, it will be an upset if this mix of skilled, seasoned starters and talented, ready reserves does not win it all

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
2001-02 RECORD: 24-10 (12-6, T2 in Pac-10)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Oklahoma in Sweet 16

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
6.3Assists per game for Luke Walton, the Pac-10 leader last season. Walton is the first nonguard to top the conference in assists.

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
With the bench thin and untested, the nation's strongest starting five must carry the Jayhawks—but it has the potential to take them all the way

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
2001-02 RECORD: 33-4 (16-0, 1st in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Maryland in Final Four

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
90.9Points per game by the Jayhawks last season—tops in Division I and marking the first time Kansas has led the nation in scoring.

November 25, 2002 | Grant Wahl
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
After tasting success with an appearance in the Final Four, the Sooners have set their sights even higher

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 31-5 (13-3, 2nd in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Indiana in Final Four

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
15-0Sooners' record last season when they scored at least 80 points. Under Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma is 102-10 when scoring 80-plus.

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
If the running, gunning Gators can find an inside game to match their sharpshooting, they'll be awfully tough to beat come tournament time

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 22-9 (10-6, T1 in SEC East)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Creighton in 1st round

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
3Number of Division I schools (Duke, Florida and Gonzaga) with fewer than 10 losses in each of the past four seasons.

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
This season marks a changing of the guard in Durham—Jason Williams is gone, and a ballyhooed crop of freshmen must help pick up the slack

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 31-4 (13-3, 2nd in ACC)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Indiana in Sweet 16

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
63.8Percentage of scoring that Duke must replace, having lost Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy and Carlos Boozer to the NBA.

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
With every starter back from last year's Sweet 16 squad, no one should take these Longhorns lightly this season

November 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
2001-02 RECORD: 22-12 (10-6, T3 in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Oregon in Sweet 16

November 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
8.3Assists per game by T.J. Ford last year, tops in the nation and second best by a freshman since the NCAA began keeping the stat in 1984.

November 25, 2002 | Phil Taylor
An opposing coach's view

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
With five returning starters and a sparkling new arena, the scrappy Panthers are moving up in the world

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
2001-02 RECORD: 29-6 (13-3, 1st in Big East West)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Kent State in Sweet 16

November 25, 2002 | Seth Davis
60.9Points per game allowed by the Panthers last season, the lowest average allowed by a Pitt team since the 1951-52 season.