Thursday, Jan. 15
Women's college basketball, Tennessee at Mississippi State (7 p.m., Starkville, CSS): The Lady Vols have caused the Lady Bulldogs lots of grief over the years.
Friday, Jan. 16
NBA basketball, New Orleans at Cleveland (7 p.m., ESPN): The Cavaliers try to avenge a Nov. 1 loss to the Hornets.
Saturday, Jan. 17
Men's college basketball, LSU at Ole Miss (3 p.m., Oxford, Ch. 12/97.3 FM): These bitter rivals may be struggling, but the hate is alive and well.
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (7 p.m., Starkville, FSN South/105.9 FM): Can the Bulldogs keep their hot streak going against the men from Music City?
Sunday, Jan. 18
NFL football, Philadelphia at Arizona in NFC Championship (2 p.m., Ch. 40): The dirty, stinking Iggles face the desert buzz saw. Cardinals, please win and save the world from an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl.
Baltimore at Pittsburgh in AFC Championship (5:30 p.m., Ch. 12): The Ravens and Steelers convene for their third bloodletting of the season.
Monday, Jan. 19
High school boys basketball; there are too many great matchups to choose just one: MLK Classic (Lanier High, Jackson): Brandon vs. Cleveland East Side (10 a.m.), Noxubee County vs. McComb (11:30 a.m.), Provine vs. Vicksburg (1 p.m.), Callaway vs. Starkville (2:30 p.m.), Biloxi vs. Forest Hill (5:30 p.m.), Madison Central vs. Wingfield (7 p.m.) and Lanier vs. Greenville Weston (8:30 p.m.).
Rumble in the South (Mississippi College, Clinton): Jackson Prep vs. Hinds AHS (11 a.m.), Clinton vs. Hillcrest Christian (12:30 p.m.), Jackson Academy vs. Harrison Central (2 p.m.), Ridgeland vs. Brookhaven (3:30 p.m.), MRA vs. Pearl (5 p.m.), Meridian vs. Dallas Lincoln (6:30 p.m.), and Murrah vs. Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose (8 p.m.).
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Men's college basketball, Tennessee at Vanderbilt (8 p.m., ESPN): Last year, the Commodores made the Vols' stay at No. 1 in the polls a short, unhappy one.
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Men's college basketball, Mississippi State at LSU (7 p.m., Baton Rouge, La., 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs frequently make themselves right at home in the Tigers' den.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who's keeping his pants pulled up to make Councilman Kenny Stokes happy.