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November 24, 2003 | Volume 99, Issue 21

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Emeka Okafar Cover - Sports Illustrated November 24, 2003

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Self's analysis: Get the ball inside to Wayne Simien and let him go to work

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
2002-03 RECORD: 30-8 (14-2, 1st in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Syracuse in championship game

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
15.8Scoring margin last season for the Jayhawks, who averaged 82.7 points and allowed 66.9, the best differential in the nation.

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Still tasting a bitter defeat, the workmanlike Wildcats are out to settle the score

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
2002-03 RECORD: 32-4 (16-0, 1st in SEC East)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Marquette in Elite Eight

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
19Wins against SEC foes last season, making 'Cats first team since 1951-52 to go unbeaten in league's regular season and tournament.

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
The Illini will rely on a swarming, pressing attack that won't let foes suffer in silence

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
2002-03 RECORD: 25-7 (11-5, 2nd in Big Ten)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Notre Dame in 2nd round

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
.962Illinois's winning percentage (51-2) at Assembly Hall over the last four seasons, the best home record of any school in that span.

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
After flirting with the NBA, Chris Thomas returns to give the Irish a fighting chance

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
2002-03 RECORD: 24-10 (10-6, T3 in Big East West)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Arizona in Sweet 16

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
4Freshmen who have led the Irish in rebounding since 1956. Torin Francis did it last year, joining Tim Kempton, LaPhonso Ellis and Troy Murphy.

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
With Brandon Mouton shootin', the deep Longhorns might get back to the Final Four

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
2002-03 RECORD: 26-7 (13-3, 2nd in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Syracuse in Final Four

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
18Wins, without a loss, when Texas gave up fewer than 70 points last season. The Longhorns were 8-7 when they allowed 70 or more.

November 24, 2003 | John O'Keefe
Seasoned and talented in the backcourt, the Hawks will hit the floor running

November 24, 2003 | John O'Keefe
2002-03 RECORD: 23-7 (12-4, 1st in Atlantic 10 East)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Auburn in 1st round

November 24, 2003 | John O'Keefe
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | John O'Keefe
551Points needed by guard Jameer Nelson this season to overtake Bernard Blunt as St. Joseph's alltime leading scorer (1,985).

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
After two Big Ten titles the Badgers have something new to deal with: high expectations

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
2002-03 RECORD: 24-8 (12-4, 1st in Big Ten)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Kentucky in Sweet 16

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
10.4Turnovers per game committed by the Badgers last season, a school-record low and the nation's second-best average.

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
Do-it-all Josh Childress should help the Cardinal conquer its tournament troubles

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
2002-03 RECORD: 24-9 (14-4, 2nd in Pac-10)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Connecticut in 2nd round

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
9Consecutive NCAA tournament opening-round wins for Stanford. Only Kansas (14) and Kentucky (12) have longer active streaks.

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Inexperienced in the backcourt, the Sooners have a strong man to carry them up front

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
2002-03 RECORD: 27-7 (12-4, 3rd in Big 12)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Syracuse in Elite Eight

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
.810The Sooners' winning percentage over the last four seasons, second in the nation behind Duke's .858.

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
The key to a guard-oriented offense will be a short power forward facing a tall order

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
2002-03 RECORD: 25-7 (11-5, 2nd in C-USA)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Butler in 2nd round

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
22.7Personal fouls committed per game by the Cardinals last season, tops in Conference USA and fifth most in the nation.

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Steady and always-ready Jason Maxiell is the heart of a team rebuilt with transfers

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
2002-03 RECORD: 17-12 (9-7, T4 in Conference USA)TOURNAMENT: Lost to Gonzaga in 1st round

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
an opposing coach's view

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
17Wins last season for the Bearcats, the fewest for a team coached by Bob Huggins since his Akron Zips went 12-14 in 1984-85.

November 24, 2003 | Seth Davis
Here are the other 45 schools that SI projects will get berths in the 65-team NCAA tournament field, which includes 31 automatic bids and 34 at-large selections

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
Look for blood, sweat and lots of tears as the stars of the class of '04 try to unseat powerful CONNECTICUT In their last go-round

November 24, 2003 | Kelli Anderson
1. Connecticut2. Duke3. Texas4. Kansas State5. Georgia6. Stanford7. Tennessee8. LSU9. Penn State10. Purdue

November 24, 2003 | Frank Deford
A pair of paisans at UConn share a passion for hoops that makes a perfect match of cocky coach and fearless player

November 24, 2003 | Frank Deford
More coverage of women's college basketball all season long, plus Frank Deford's Viewpoint every Wednesday, at si.com.

November 24, 2003
Mulling the MarlinsTom Verducci's Youth Is Served (Nov. 3) gave a detailed explanation for the Florida Marlins' victory. However, it is simpler to do the math: The team that won the World Series...

November 24, 2003
LETTERS•Please e-mail us at letters@si.timeinc.com or fax us at 212-467-4049. Letters should include the writer's full name, address and home telephone number and may be edited for clarity and space.

November 24, 2003
College Football

November 24, 2003 | Kelley King
Ohio State's gritty win over Purdue sets up a showdown for the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes' bitter rival

November 24, 2003 | Kelley King
The future power of the Big East? How about UConn, which improved to 9-3 after a 51-17 rout of Wake Forest. The Huskies have won 13 of their last 16 and have a new stadium and a strong recruiting...

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Kid CanuckHigh-scoring rookie Jason King adds firepower to Vancouver's second line

November 24, 2003 | Pierre McGuire
League observers are wondering if Flames wing Jarome Iginla will find his scoring touch again. He had a league-high 52 goals in 2001-02, dropped to 35 last season and through Sunday had only four...

November 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
Sonic BoonRonald Murray, a throw-in to a deal last year, has been a steal for Seattle

November 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
On the NBA's offensive doldrums (at week's end teams were averaging 91.4 points, a drop of 3.7 per game from last season, and shooting 42.8%, a 1.4% decrease):

November 24, 2003 | Ian Thomsen
While Rudy Tomjanovich was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer last summer, three teams approached him about coaching jobs, and the Trail Blazers asked if he wanted to be their G.M. Though...

November 24, 2003 | Peter King
Kicking into GearWith Jake Plummer back under center, Denver beg its playoff push with an easy win over San Diego

November 24, 2003 | Peter King
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, every week at si.com/football.

November 24, 2003 | Peter King
TRADING E-MAIL WITH ...

November 24, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Quincy Carter remembers his game last year against Carolina because it fell on his 25th birthday. Other than that, the first 55 minutes weren't too memorable for the Cowboys' quarterback. He was...

November 24, 2003 | Paul Zimmerman
Dr. Z's Inside Football, every week during the season at si.com/football.

November 24, 2003 | Rick Reilly
So, what would you say, trembling at the edge of an open airplane door at 13,500 feet with a videographer waiting on a ledge outside the plane and 10 world-class jumpers harrumphing for you to get...

November 24, 2003 | Farrell Evans
NOVEMBER 20, 1985

November 24, 2003 | Steve Rushin
As you can tell by the cover of this magazine (Ohio State freshman LeBron James, in vintage naval captain's uniform, peering through handheld telescope), we think the scarlet-and-gray are the best...

November 24, 2003 | Tom Verducci
...maybe, sort of. Presenting baseball's new drug-testing program—it's easier to beat than the '62 Mets, but not nearly as funny

November 24, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
Has the NFL sacked the controversial Playmakers' second season?

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
When Major League Soccer snared 14-year-old U.S. prodigy Freddy Adu this week, the shock waves reached Europe's most storied teams. The most talked-about youth player in the world (SI, Aug. 25),...

November 24, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
$1 millionBonus promised U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who set seven world records last summer, by swimsuit maker Speedo if he wins seven golds at either the 2004 or the 2008 Olympics.

November 24, 2003
TestedPositive for THG, a designer steroid that has recently come to the attention of antidoping agencies, four members of the Raiders. Defensive tackles Chris Cooper and Dana Stubblefield, center...

November 24, 2003 | Mark Beech
RetiredDaily Racing Form executive columnist Joe Hirsch, 74, the dean of turf writers. Hirsch is among the most popular figures in American racing, beloved from the backside barns to the owners'...

November 24, 2003 | Bill Scheft
Good to be here. Just heard about David Blaine's next stunt: He's going to try and survive 48 consecutive hours in Butch Davis's doghouse.

November 24, 2003 | Richard Deitsch
At 44, the highest-earning bowler in PBA tour history ($3,151,571) rolls into this weekend's Empire State Open in Albany with 37 career wins—four shy of Earl Anthony's record.

November 24, 2003
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November 24, 2003
More college hoops scoops from Seth Davis, Grant Wahl and Stewart Mandel, plus complete scores, breaking news and rankings, at si.com/basketball/ncaa.

November 24, 2003 | Julia Morrill
WHAT TO WATCH AND WATCH FOR

November 24, 2003 | John O'Keefe
•Lavin's Debut New ESPN college basketball analyst and former UCLA hoops coach Steve Lavin is so easygoing that last year when it became obvious that he would be fired, he gave the school...

November 24, 2003
The Lineup Joe Torre puts on the field as Yankees manager has nothing on the one he assembled for a Nov. 12 benefit at the Ritz Carlton in downtown New York to launch his Safe at Home Foundation....

November 24, 2003
What do they say in the land of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs? Just ribbit, baby. These young women were ribbin' it big-time in Fort Worth last Saturday as TCU moved to 10-0 with a...

November 24, 2003
Two biographies of 18-year-old LeBron James have been published since September.

November 24, 2003
BOBBY JOHNSONVanderbilt football coach, after students spent five minutes tearing down one goalpost, then 30 seconds tearing down the other, following a 28-17 win over Kentucky: "We're fast...

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Can Chicago's Carlos Bocanegra stop San Jose's red-hot Landon Donovan in the MLS title game?

November 24, 2003 | Grant Wahl
Three young MLS players caught the eve of the U.S. national coach

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
BC's 6'8" Mathias Kiwanuka is a top pass rusher and a grandson of a former African prime minister

November 24, 2003 | Stephen Cannella
Since retiring from the NHL, Patrick Roy has taken a hands-on approach with the junior team he owns

November 24, 2003 | S.L. price
Taylor Dent has moved up in the men's rankings the old-fashioned way: playing serve-and-volley

November 24, 2003 | Farrell Evans
With easily arranged lines of credit, likely draftees start living like pros after their last college game

November 24, 2003 | Farrell Evans
One draftee used the cash from his loan to take care of his mom

November 24, 2003 | Bill Syken
This study of the final year of the Celtics' dynasty is so well researched, it's not just for Boston fans

November 24, 2003 | Lisa Altobelli
A compelling look at the athletes who went to battle in World War II

November 24, 2003
Javarris James, IMMOKALEE, FLA.FootballJavarris, a sophomore running back at Immokalee High, rushed for 1,151 yards on 175 carries and scored 14 touchdowns this season to lead the Indians to the...

November 24, 2003
To submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to SI.com/faces.

November 24, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
This week's IRON BOWL game will divide a state that obsesses about it 52 weeks a year

November 24, 2003 | Mark Bechtel
For more about sports in Alabama and the other 49 states, go to si.com/50.

November 24, 2003
Cat WalkCincinnati's Jeremi Johnson manages to just break the plane of the goal line for the Bengals' first touchdown in their surprising 24-19 home win over Kansas City on Sunday (page 46).

November 24, 2003 | Geoffrey Norman
Football is the only topic that matters when Alabamians talk sports

November 24, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
Alabamians weigh in on sports*

November 24, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
On a scale of 1 to 100, how would you rate your state's enthusiasm for sports, relative to other states'?88.8Rank: 1st of first 19 states polled

November 24, 2003 | Compiled by Bill Syken
To read an essay by Auburn swimming great Rowdy Gaines (right), see every Bear Bryant cover or weigh in with your own Alabama sports memories, go to si.com/magazine/features/si50/states/Alabama