NEW YORK - Mar. 19, 2013) - Sports Illustrated predicts that Louisville will cut down the nets as the NCAA basketball champion in the March 25, 2013 issue of SI, on newsstands Wednesday. In her bracket in this week's SI NCAA Tournament Preview, senior writer Kelli Anderson says that Miami, Gonzaga and Georgetown will join the Cardinals in the Final Four, with Louisville defeating Miami for the title.
Anderson writes: "It's true: Defense wins championships. The Cards' path hasn't been easy, but guard Peyton Siva & Co. make it look like so much fun." (PAGE 36)
As part of the SI NCAA tournament preview, senior writer Tim Layden profiles Indiana's Victor Oladipo, who is featured on one of four regional SI covers this week. Kansas' Ben McClemore, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Syracuse's Michael Carter Williams are featured on the three additional regional covers. This marks the 16th time Indiana and Kansas have been featured on an SI cover, the seventh time for Syracuse and fifth for Gonzaga.