The 14th-seeded Mercer Bears stunned the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, 78-71, today. Jakob Gollon (20) led Mercer with 20 points, shooting 9-for-9 on free throws, while Duke’s freshman star Jabari Parker struggled, turning the ball over four times. Mercer scored 11 straight points during a late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. (Simon Bruty/SI)
GALLERY: Biggest NCAA Tournament Upsets

The 14th-seeded Mercer Bears stunned the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, 78-71, today. Jakob Gollon (20) led Mercer with 20 points, shooting 9-for-9 on free throws, while Duke’s freshman star Jabari Parker struggled, turning the ball over four times. Mercer scored 11 straight points during a late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. (Simon Bruty/SI)

GALLERY: Biggest NCAA Tournament Upsets

Sophomore point guard Magic Johnson made the Spartans fly in 1979, and his two triple doubles capped an otherworldly NCAA run that would earn Michigan State its first national title and Johnson a statue on campus. “Every member of the team is a hero,” one Spartans fan gushed to SI that April, “but Magic is a legend.” (Rich Clarkson/SI)
GALLERY: Best Tourney Seeds Ever, 16-1

Sophomore point guard Magic Johnson made the Spartans fly in 1979, and his two triple doubles capped an otherworldly NCAA run that would earn Michigan State its first national title and Johnson a statue on campus. “Every member of the team is a hero,” one Spartans fan gushed to SI that April, “but Magic is a legend.” (Rich Clarkson/SI)

GALLERY: Best Tourney Seeds Ever, 16-1

After surpassing 3,000 points in his already illustrious collegiate career, Doug McDermott lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The image is inspired by a cover of Larry Bird, “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon,” from Nov. 28, 1977. (Lane Stewart, Al Tielemans/SI)
GALLERY: 2014 Sports Illustrated Covers

After surpassing 3,000 points in his already illustrious collegiate career, Doug McDermott lands on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The image is inspired by a cover of Larry Bird, “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon,” from Nov. 28, 1977. (Lane Stewart, Al Tielemans/SI)

GALLERY: 2014 Sports Illustrated Covers

Indiana State forward Larry Bird passes out of a double-team during a 1979 game against South Illinois.  Bird would go onto win the 1979 Naismith Award for the Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year. SI’s Luke Winn predicts Indiana center Cody Zeller will win this year’s top prize. (Rich Clarkson/SI)
GALLERY: Larry Bird - The Indiana State YearsWINN: 2012-13 Naismith Award Watch List

Indiana State forward Larry Bird passes out of a double-team during a 1979 game against South Illinois.  Bird would go onto win the 1979 Naismith Award for the Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year. SI’s Luke Winn predicts Indiana center Cody Zeller will win this year’s top prize. (Rich Clarkson/SI)

GALLERY: Larry Bird - The Indiana State Years
WINN: 2012-13 Naismith Award Watch List

Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo drives against Mississippi’s Bam Doyne during a 2005 SEC Tournament game. Rondo’s time at Kentucky was a mixed bag. Although the point guard averaged 11 points per game and piloted the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2006 (his second and final season), it was the first of two straight seasons with double-digit losses, which resulted in Tubby Smith’s exit. SI’s Rob Dauster ranked this year’s Kentucky squad No. 1 in his preseason SEC rankings. (Wade Payne/Icon SMI)DAUSTER: 2012 SEC PrimerGALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos

Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo drives against Mississippi’s Bam Doyne during a 2005 SEC Tournament game. Rondo’s time at Kentucky was a mixed bag. Although the point guard averaged 11 points per game and piloted the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2006 (his second and final season), it was the first of two straight seasons with double-digit losses, which resulted in Tubby Smith’s exit. SI’s Rob Dauster ranked this year’s Kentucky squad No. 1 in his preseason SEC rankings. (Wade Payne/Icon SMI)

DAUSTER: 2012 SEC Primer
GALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos

Kansas Coach Larry Brown runs a Jayhawks practice during the 1988 season. Brown went 135-44 in five seasons with the Jayhawks, including a national championship in 1988. Current Kansas coach Bill Self is currently in his 10th year as Kansas coach and according to SI’s Rob Dauster, the Jayhawks are contenders again this season. (AP)
DAUSTER: Self has Kansas in line for another big seasonGALLERY: Larry Brown Through the Years

Kansas Coach Larry Brown runs a Jayhawks practice during the 1988 season. Brown went 135-44 in five seasons with the Jayhawks, including a national championship in 1988. Current Kansas coach Bill Self is currently in his 10th year as Kansas coach and according to SI’s Rob Dauster, the Jayhawks are contenders again this season. (AP)

DAUSTER: Self has Kansas in line for another big season
GALLERY: Larry Brown Through the Years

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)
WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epicGALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal

They don’t make them like Shaquille O’Neal anymore, especially when it comes to scoring, says SI’s Luke Winn. In his latest piece, Winn mourns the loss of high-scoring college basketball matchups, noting that 2012 was the slowest and lowest-scoring season in modern era college hoops. In 1990, Shaquille O’Neal’s LSU squad and Hank Gathers’ Loyola-Marymount put up a combined 298 points, a total that likely won’t be matched anytime soon. (Brad Messina/Getty Images)

WINN: The lost art of scoring: Revisiting the 1990 LSU-LMU epic
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Shaquille O’Neal