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March Madness officially begins as NCAA teams begin conference tournaments over the next seven days. For many, this week marks their last hope for spot in the Big Dance.

Thursday, March 7

College basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): Kentucky will try to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive as they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs.

Friday, March 8

NBA (9:30 p.m.-midnight ESPN): The Houston Rockets take the NBA's highest-scoring offense on the road to take on the Golden State Warriors.

Saturday, March 9

College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPNU): Ole Miss hits the road to take on rival LSU in what has become a must-win game for the on-the-bubble Rebels.

Sunday, March 10

MLS (9 p.m.-11 p.m. ESPN 2): The New York Red Bulls (0-0-1) travel to play the San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0) as both teams try for their first win of the season.

Monday, March 11

College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN): The West Coast Conference will crown a champion in Las Vegas. Will it be No. 1 Gonzaga?

Tuesday, March 12

NHL (6:30-10 p.m. NBC Sports Network): The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins battle for Eastern Conference positioning.

Wednesday, March 13

College basketball (7:30-9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight SEC Network/WJTV): The SEC tips off its men's basketball tournament, as seeds 11-14, including Mississippi State, try to keep their seasons alive one more day. Mississippi State may have shoved a dagger into the heart of Ole Miss' NCAA-tournament hopes (and coach Andy Kennedy's job) March 2 with its 73-67 win over the Rebels.

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