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KU's Mason prominently displayed on SI cover

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If you're the type that believes in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, the magazine did you a favor this week.

Instead of featuring one player or one team on its annual March Madness cover, SI went back to its old iconic days of the tournament edition and put representatives from every team that made the tournament onto the cover.

Kansas, of course, is included in the mix, with senior guard Frank Mason III prominently displayed as one of the focal points of the cover. Mason, high center, is joined by one player from the other three No. 1 seeds in this year's tournament as being a little larger than life.

That's a good way to go about it if you're Sports Illustrated because now nobody can claim they were the victim of the cover jinx. Well, nobody and everybody at the same time.

Joining the athletes themselves on this year's cover are coaches, mascots, women's players and women's coaches. Heck, even popular halftime act Red Panda made it onto the cover. Let's hope that's not a jinx for her.

I haven't devoured every inch of it yet, but from what I can tell, Mason is the only Jayhawk represented on the cover.

Kansas, seeded No. 1 in the Midwest, will open NCAA Tournament play at 5:50 p.m. Friday in Tulsa, Okla., against the winner of Wednesday's First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, between North Carolina Central and UC Davis.

I'm not sure if Seth Davis' picks are the same that appear in the magazine. We'll find out later this week. But Davis picks Kansas, UCLA, Gonzaga and Duke as his Final Four.

This year's Sports Illustrated March Madness cover.

This year's Sports Illustrated March Madness cover. by Matt Tait

Comments

John Finch 7 months, 1 week ago

I would like it a little better if the future P.O.Y. was front and center. Just a little biased.

Tony Bandle 7 months, 1 week ago

What the hell is " Red Panda????" Sounds like a new street drug!

Kit Duncan 7 months, 1 week ago

A woman who does halftime shows at various venues. Here she is at Hilton Coliseum last year. Just guessing Kansas won't be inviting her to perform in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kit Duncan 7 months, 1 week ago

Love the shot of Frank Mason!

Also love the shot of Jim Boeheim with his head down! I'm sure that was put in there to represent the supposed snub of Syracuse. They didn't deserve an invite.

Rick Golden 7 months, 1 week ago

Kansas Jayhawk under Justin Jackson's right armpit

Chad Dexter 7 months, 1 week ago

Does anyone else find it odd that her name is obviously Chinese based as well as the music yet she is wearing USA stars and stripes?

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