Thursday, March 9
College basketball, Jackson State vs. Alabama State (10 a.m., Birmingham, Ala., 1400 AM): The Tigers will have to get up early to beat the Hornets in the first round of the SWAC Tournament. … SEC Tournament, Mississippi State vs. South Carolina (noon, Nashville, Tenn., Ch. 12/105.9 FM) and Ole Miss vs. Kentucky (2:15 p.m., Nashville, Tenn., Ch. 12/97.3 FM): Can the Bulldogs continue their hot streak? Can the Rebels keep Rod Barnes around for more than one more game? … High school basketball, MHSAA Boys State Tournament, Class 4A Championship, Lanier vs. Indianola Gentry (8 p.m., Ch. 29): The Bulldogs and the Rams meet for the fifth time this season. This time, the winner gets the state title.
Friday, March 10
College basketball, NCAA D-3 Tournament, Mississippi College vs. Transylvania University (6 p.m., Springfield, Ohio, 1240 AM): The Choctaws go north in search of a Final Four berth.
Saturday, March 11
High school basketball, MHSAA Boys State Tournament, Class 5A Championship (8 p.m., Ch. 29): Will Provine and/or Madison Central reach the final? … MHSAA Girls State Tournament, Class 5A Championship (6:30 p.m., Ch. 29): Will Murrah and/or Clinton play for the title?
Sunday, March 12
College basketball, NCAA Tournament selection show (5 p.m., Ch. 12): Learn who's in the field of 64 so that you can get that office pool bracket ready to take to work on Monday.
Monday, March 13
Pro baseball, World Baseball Classic, Round 2 (7 p.m., ESPN2): One group of foreigners will play another. Maybe one of them plays for your favorite team.
Tuesday, March 14
College basketball, NCAA D-2 South Regional championship (7 p.m., Cleveland): If all goes well, Delta State will play somebody for the right to the D-2 quarterfinals.
Wednesday, March 15
College baseball, Huntingdon at Millsaps (6 p.m.): The Majors go under the lights at home for the first time this season.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who's counting the days until spring break. For more spring sports, go to the Amazing SportsBlog at http://www.jacksonfreepress.com