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November 17, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 20

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Steve Wojciechowski Cover - Sports Illustrated November 17, 1997

November 17, 1997
TEAMS WILL BE DRIVING HARD TOWARD THE FINAL FOUR IN SAN ANTONIO, BUT KEEP AN EYE ON DUKE, SI'S CHOICE TO BE THE ONE STILL STANDING WHEN THE DUST SETTLES ON MARCH 30

November 17, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
The Blue Devils are talking about winning another national title now that they have the best freshman class in the country

November 17, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
Points per Game '96-9779.7

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
The defending champs are stronger, quicker and deeper this year. So how come nobody thinks they'll win again?

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Points per Game '96-9783.9

November 17, 1997 | Grant Wahl
After a summer lamenting the title that got away, the Jay hawks are hack with the nation's best pair of forwards

November 17, 1997 | Grant Wahl
Points per Game '96-9784.9

November 17, 1997 | Ron Fimrite
The nation's longest winning streak, now 73, belongs to De La Salle of Concord, Calif.

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Despite a change at the top, the Tar Heels will return to a familiar look: a pressing defense

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Points per Game '96-9777.4

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
There's no pussycat left in the game played by these fierce Tigers

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Points per Game '96-9768.2

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
The Gamecocks' AH SEC guards will burn foes with their friendly fire

November 17, 1997 | William F. Reed
New coach Tubby Smith will rely on an old redshirt to make Big Blue go

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Points per Game '96-9774.1

November 17, 1997 | William F. Reed
Points per Game '96-9783.1

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
The Bulldogs hope to make sweet music with a 6'11" rapper in the post

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
The relentless Musketeers could be the X factor in the NCAA tournament

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Points per Game '96-9782.8

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
Points per Game '96-9783.2

November 17, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
The book on the Boilermakers: They'll go as high as their center lifts them

November 17, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
Points per Game '96-9772.2

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Two fired-up seniors should keep the Bruins from going up in flames

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
A high-flying forward named Su has the new-look Rebels thinking big

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Points per Game '96-9779.9

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
Points per Game '96-9769.0

November 17, 1997 | David Fleming
Don't forget the 49ers when talking about tough teams on Tobacco Road

November 17, 1997 | David Fleming
Points per Game '96-9771.5

November 17, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
Magic is played with cards. It's wildly popular. It's tough to explain

November 17, 1997 | Johnette Howard
The soft-spoken Lobos will let a strong inside game do their talking

November 17, 1997 | Johnette Howard
Points per Game '96-9775.8

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
After some hard times, the maturing Huskies are out to prove themselves

November 17, 1997 | Grant Wahl
There's nothing like a little internal strife to get the Redbirds to soar

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
Points per Game '96-9765.8

November 17, 1997 | Grant Wahl
Points per Game '96-9774.1

November 17, 1997
Here is SI's ranking of the teams that figure to fill the remaining 48 berths in the NCAA tournament's field of 64. Some are conference winners who will secure automatic bids, and some are squads...

November 17, 1997
FAMILIAR NAMES DOMINATE THE LIST OF TEAMS FAVORED TO MAKE THE FINAL FOUR IN KANSAS CITY, BUT THE TITLE SHOULD GO TO A SCHOOL THAT HASN'T WON ONE IN A DECADE: LOUISIANA TECH

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
The Lady Techsters are licking their chops over the prospect of a title

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
The nation's best player leads the Lady Vols in defense of their title

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
Points per Game '96-9780.5

November 17, 1997 | Dana Gelin
Points per Game '96-9777.3

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
A deep front line and gifted guards will keep the Cardinal in contention

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Points per Game '96-9784.3

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Freshman point guard Nikki Teasley adds a Magic touch to the Tar Heels

November 17, 1997 | Jody Berger
An All-America from Portugal is back for one more run at an NCAA title

November 17, 1997 | Seth Davis
Points per Game '96-9778.4

November 17, 1997 | Jody Berger
Points per Game '96-9784.4

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
The Lady Raiders could enjoy home cooking come tournament time

November 17, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
Points per Game '96-9769.7

November 17, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
The players left from the Sensational Seven take their last, best shots

November 17, 1997 | Paul Gutierrez
Huskies must overcome departures and disease to return to the Final Four

November 17, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
Points per Game '96-9767.3

November 17, 1997 | Paul Gutierrez
Points per Game '96-9783.8

November 17, 1997
If a dark horse is going to come out of the pack and make the Final Four, it will be from this group of contenders.

November 17, 1997 | Alexander Wolff

November 17, 1997 | E.M. Swift
Travelers in Africa who run afoul of hippos may not live to tell the tale

November 17, 1997 | Gerry Callahan
Boston University's lame-duck football team shows its lame-brain chancellor true grit

November 17, 1997 | David Davis
Courtesy of Catcher Cam, couch potatoes see the pitch as clearly as the batter

November 17, 1997
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and CNN team up on the Internet to offer up-to-the-minute sports news and stats as well as stories and photos from the magazine. You can also find SI articles and photos on...

November 17, 1997
Truth is stranger than fiction. Thank you and Gary Smith for bringing to light the touching and amazing story of John Malangone.PAUL AMIN, STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.

November 17, 1997 | John Walters
Saturday 11/15

November 17, 1997 | John Walters
Though golf is played at a leisurely pace, tournament telecasts move briskly because with so many players on the course someone is always lining up a shot. The PGA Grand Slam (TBS, Monday and...

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
22Weight, in pounds, of the pizza devoured in two hours by 282-pound Tulsa guard Brad Smith.

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the 7'2", 50-year-old UCLA graduate and NBA Hall of Famer whose name was once Lew Alcindor, has filed suit against Karim Abdul-Jabbar, 23, the 5'10" former Bruin turned Miami...

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
We have no reason to doubt that Colin Montgomerie was being truthful when he announced that he won't be playing on the PGA Tour next year because he plans to spend more time with his wife, Eimear...

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert turned down the Washington Redskins' $3.6 million contract offer and won't play this season because he had a "revelation from God" that the team should pay him $5...

November 17, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Hank Hersch
Donald GowdySixty-six-year-old winner of the 5K run at the North Carolina Senior State Games, on his sport: "I'm not crazy about running. I just do it to keep in shape for fishing."

November 17, 1997 | Johnette Howard
When Nebraska's close call left an opening at the top, Michigan and Florida State rushed in to stake separate claims on No. 1

November 17, 1997 | Tim Layden
The 1997 heirs to the Florida State dynasty trampled previously undefeated North Carolina and took aim at a second national title in five years

November 17, 1997
James Todd GravesFORT BENNING, GA.Graves, 34, a staff sergeant and a member of the 1992 and '96 U.S. Olympic shooting teams, was named the Army's male athlete of the year for earning three gold...

November 17, 1997 | Richard Hoffer
Evander Holyfield's convincing TKO of Michael Moorer set the stage for a unification bout with Lennox Lewis

November 17, 1997 | Michael Farber

November 17, 1997 | Michael Farber
The U.S. clinched a trip to next year's World Cup in France, but coach Steve Sampson could be left behind

November 17, 1997 | Michael Silver
Mike Shanahan sees all hears all and seems to know all—which may explain why his Broncos are playing brilliantly

November 17, 1997 | Ed Hinton
Why Jarrett thinks Gordon might choke, Petty may give Andretti a ride, Earnhardt is spread thin

November 17, 1997 | Ed Hinton
The number of makes of automobile that have won Grand National/Winston Cup races since NASCAR was founded in 1948. More than 25 makes have started races, including Tuckers, Willyses, Aston...

November 17, 1997 | Ed Hinton
Close finishes are the norm in NASCAR's Winston Cup series, on the track and in the point standings. The season champion has been decided in the last race 16 times since the scoring system now in...

November 17, 1997 | Ed Miller
If your fantasy is to race on an America's Cup yacht, catch a plane to St. Maarten

November 17, 1997 | Ivan Maisel

November 17, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
•WASHINGTON (7-2) AT UCLA (7-2)If the Huskies are to play a second game in the Rose Bowl this season, they better hope quarterback Brock Huard's sprained left ankle heals in time for their first....

November 17, 1997 | David Fleming
CLEMSON'S TROPHY-HUNTING LINEBACKER

November 17, 1997 | Peter King
For one week the Jets and Giants were atop the football world, Manning's no lock, Disappointing Desmond

November 17, 1997 | Peter King
1. GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWSWarren Moon, who turns 41 next week, is on pace for his fifth 4,000-yard passing season. He rallied the Seahawks from a 17-3 deficit in San Diego on Sunday, as Seattle...

November 17, 1997 | Peter King
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the season, in a 15th-floor room at NFL headquarters, seven officiating supervisors sit in front of 29-inch video monitors, with sophisticated VCR...

November 17, 1997 | Jack McCallum

November 17, 1997 | Steve Rushin
"The superior confidence which people repose in the tall man is well merited," wrote 6'8" John Kenneth Galbraith, the blatantly heightist American economist. "Being tall, he is more visible than...

November 17, 1997 | Alexander Wolff
IF YOU BELIEVE THE OFFICIAL LISTINGS, EASTERN MICHIGAN'S SENIOR POINT GUARD, EARL BOYKINS, KEEPS GETTING SMALLER AS HIS SCORING GROWS

November 17, 1997 | Kelli Anderson

November 17, 1997 | Alexander Wolff

November 17, 1997 | Paul Zimmerman
Redskins coach Norv Turner knows how to beat the Cowboys. He's 4-3 against them, and that includes seasons when Dallas was Super Bowl caliber and Washington was young and struggling. I don't think...

November 17, 1997 | Jaime Diaz

November 17, 1997 | Jaime Diaz
The Senior Tour is the sweetest nut in golf, and the toughest to crack. Should the system be changed to give more men an opportunity to play? Harry Toscano, a 55-year-old veteran of the regular...

November 17, 1997 | Gary Van Sickle

November 17, 1997
Tiger Wows, Bows in Japan

November 17, 1997
As he stood in a muddy field neighboring one of South Africa's poorest squatter settlements on a rainy afternoon last summer, Peter Biehl first came face-to-face with the Hidden Golfers of...

November 17, 1997
What do these players have in common?

November 17, 1997
2Victories by Liselotte Neumann in three starts in Japan this year, including last week's Japan Queens Cup. She has one win in 27 other starts in '97.

November 17, 1997 | Compiled by Gary B. Smith
•CHARITY: Go figure. In 1996 the Byron Nelson Classic had a $1.8 million purse and gave $4 million to charity. The Players Championship offered $3.5 million in prize money but donated $590,000.

November 17, 1997 | Sandy Tatum
Dear Tiger:You and I share the privilege of having attended Stanford and the distinction of being the only students from the university to win the NCAA golf title. Given the commonality of our...

November 17, 1997 | Jaime Diaz