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The Best in Sports in the Next 7 Days

Thursday, March 31

College Basketball: NIT championship (6 p.m., ESPN): Finally, we learn who has the 65th-best team in the NCAA. Don't miss it.

Friday, April 1
College baseball, Southern at Jackson State (2 p.m.): The Jaguars are in town, which is seldom good news at University Park.

Saturday, April 2
College basketball, Final Four (Illinois vs. Louisville, 5 p.m., North Carolina vs. Michigan State, 7:45 p.m., Ch. 12): The NCAA tournament is down to the semifinals. Doctor S likes Louisville, but North Carolina has the best team.

Sunday, April 3
Pro baseball, New York Yankees at Boston (7 p.m., ESPN2): This pre-Opening Day opener is a bad idea, but Doctor S likes the match-up.

Monday, April 4
College basketball, Final Four, championship (8 p.m., Ch. 12); This is like the Super Bowl. You're legally required to watch.

Tuesday, April 5
College baseball, Mississippi State vs. Samford at Smith-Wills Stadium (6:30 p.m.): The next two nights are going to be heaven for Central Mississippi Bulldogs fans. But it sucks if you're a State player with an 8 a.m. class. … College basketball, NCAA women's final (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Who's idea was it to play this game the day after the men's final? Can you say anti-climactic?

Wednesday, April 6
College baseball, Mississippi State vs. Birmingham-Southern at Smith-Wills Stadium (6:30 p.m.): The Dogs will be hoping to complete a Birmingham college sweep at their home away from home. … Pro baseball, Atlanta at Florida (6 p.m., ESPN2, FSN South): Now it's time to settle into your daily ritual for the next six months … except for nights when the Senators are at home.

The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who's totally juiced about the start of Major League Baseball. Really, he got this stuff from a horse doctor in Costa Rica. For more pumped-up sports, check out the Amazing SportsBlog at http://www.jacksonfreepess.com

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