Sport: The Philosopher Knight

Winning the national basketball championship this year means more than just a title, a trophy and the right to chant "We're No. 1!" It is the opportunity to start a new dynasty. With former U.C.L.A. Coach John Wooden in retirement and his once-invincible Bruins now playing like mortals, a kingdom is up for grabs.

In the N.C.A.A. tournament that began last weekend, there is an abundance of possibilities besides fifth-ranked U.C.L.A. Marquette, in Wisconsin, and Alabama both look strong, and late-blooming Virginia knocked off three of the top teams in the country en route...

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