It's one of the most time-honored discussions in all of sports: Is the Sports Illustrated cover jinx real?

Michigan State's Jaren Jackson finds himself on the cover of one of SI's regional NCAA tournament preview editions. It hits the shelves on March 12.

Jackson, a 6-foot-11 true freshman, is averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. He's coming off a disappointing Big Ten tournament performance, though: He fouled out of MSU's first conference tourney game against Wisconsin after scorings just 7 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.

Many analysts project Jackson as a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.