What’s the best way to avoid SI’s dreaded cover jinx? Feature all 68 NCAA tournament teams on the same cover.
To help capture the excitement of March Madness, when small-conference stars mix it up with power-conference player-of-the-year candidates, Sports Illustrated brought back the tradition of putting every tournament team on its cover. The cover started taking shape digitally with the first seven teams who qualified by winning their conference tournaments—Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun); Winthrop (Big South); UNC-Wilmington (Colonial); Iona (MAAC); Wichita State (Missouri Valley), Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) and East Tennessee State (Southern)—and continued throughout Selection Sunday as each team punched its ticket to the Big Dance.
SI printed these collage-style covers in a variety of forms for 10 straight years, from 2003 through ‘12. The March 20 print edition of Sports Illustrated will feature every team in the men’s tournament field, along with coaches, mascots, cheerleaders and the top women’s teams.
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