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Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Rashad McCants is all but done for. The North Carolina star was chosen to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2004-2005 college basketball preview. And, as fans are prepared to remind him, he's already used his "get out of jail free" card.

Comparing the magazine's rankings to those of other pundits, I'm surprised SI echoed Gregg Doyel's sentiment about the OSU Cowboys. Earlier, he and Blue Ribbon alone held Sutton's squad in such high esteem.

As for Charlotte's web, the 49ers certainly have the talent to be among the nation's best. But buyer beware. Martin Iti is already halfway to the NBA. If Curtis Withers is thinking along Iti's lines, I expect Bobby Lutz's club to lack focus and disappoint. (Though I also give myself about an equal shot of being wrong, fabulously wrong, on this call).

SI's Preseason Top 20

1. North Carolina
2. Oklahoma State
3. Wake Forest
4. Kansas
5. Georgia Tech
6. Syracuse
7. Connecticut
8. Kentucky
9. Illinois
10. Maryland
11. Duke
12. Louisville
13. Pittsburgh
14. Michigan State
15. Arizona
16. Mississippi State
17. Washington
18. Texas
19. Charlotte
20. Alabama