Thursday, April 1
Men's college basketball, NIT championship, teams TBD (6 p.m., ESPN): If Ole Miss wins on Tuesday, the Rebels will play North Carolina or Rhode Island in the title game.
Friday, April 2
College baseball, Mississippi Valley State vs. Jackson State (6 p.m., Jackson): The Tigers and Delta Devils meet in the opening game of their SWAC series.
Saturday, April 3
College baseball, Mississippi State at South Carolina (3 p.m., Columbia, S.C., SportSouth, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs will face one of their toughest tests yet against the Gamecocks. … Men's college basketball, NCAA Tournament, semifinals, Michigan State vs. Butler (5 p.m., Ch. 12) and Duke vs. West Virginia (7:30 p.m., Ch. 12): Did anybody expect these four teams to be in the Final Four? If you said yes, you're lying.
Sunday, April 4
MLB baseball, New York Yankees at Boston (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Yankees open their title defense against their biggest rival. Attention, ESPN: Baseball is played outside the Northeast.
Monday, April 5
MLB baseball, St. Louis at Cincinnati (noon, ESPN): The Cardinals and Reds meet in baseball's real season opener. … Men's college basketball, NCAA Tournament, championship, teams TBD (8 p.m., Ch. 12): College hoops' best battle for round ball supremacy.
Tuesday, April 6
College baseball, Belhaven at Mississippi College (6 p.m., Clinton): The Blazers and Choctaws battle for the Maloney Trophy. Wouldn't a big-screen TV be a better prize? … Jackson State at Mississippi State (6 p.m., Starkville, 105.9 FM): The Tigers and Bulldogs renew their rivalry at Dudy Noble Field.
Wednesday, April 7
College baseball, Southern Miss vs. LSU (7 p.m., New Orleans, 103.9 FM): If you don't go to the Big Easy, you can listen to the Golden Eagles on the radio … on the LSU network.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S—between innings, of course.