Thursday, Jan. 29
College basketball, Tougaloo at Belhaven (women, 5:30 p.m., and men, 7:30 p.m., Jackson): The Bulldogs and Blazers battle in an intracity GCAC game.
Friday, Jan. 30
NBA basketball, Boston at Detroit (6 P.M., ESPN): Will the Celtics give Pistons fans another reason to be depressed?
Saturday, Jan. 31
Men's college basketball, Ole Miss at Mississippi State (noon, Starkville, Ch. 12/97.3 FM/105.9 FM): The Bulldogs are hot, and the Rebels are hurting.
Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State (1 P.M., Jackson, 1300 AM): Speaking of hot, the Tigers are tearing it up in the SWAC. But don't go to sleep on the Delta Devils.
Sunday, Feb. 1
NFL football, Arizona vs. Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII (5 p.m., Ch. 3): Can the Steelers make history by winning their sixth Super Bowl? Will the Cardinals shock the world?
Monday, Feb. 2
Men's college basketball, Connecticut at Louisville (6 p.m., ESPN): The Huskies and Cardinals meet in another Big East heavyweight matchup.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Men's college basketball, Mississippi State at Kentucky (6 p.m., Lexington, Ky., Ch. 12/105.9 FM): The two best teams in the SEC meet. Is this a preview of the SEC tourney final?
College baseball, Belhaven at Delta State (3 p.m., Cleveland): The Blazers make a short trip to the flatlands and take a big step up in competition against the Statesmen.
Wednesday Feb. 4
Men's college basketball, Duke at Clemson (6 p.m., ESPN): There's a good chance that the Blue Devils won't still be ranked No. 1 when they reach the StarkVegas of South Carolina.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is ignoring all of the college-football recruiting talk.