Doctor S sez: The MHSAA Boys and Girls State Basketball Tournament returns to the Big Barn. Even that funky smell can't ruin this tourney.
Thursday, Feb. 24
Movie, "Ben-Hur" (9 p.m., TCM): The chariot race is still one of the greatest sports spectacles in movie history. Watch out for that Greek chariot.
Friday, Feb. 25
Boys high school basketball, MHSAA 3A State Tournament, Booneville vs. Forest (10:30 a.m., Mississippi Coliseum): Mississippi's greatest sporting event tips off at the Big House.
Saturday, Feb. 26
Men's college basketball, Alabama at Ole Miss (3 p.m., Oxford, Ch. 12, 97.3 FM): What's left for the Rebels to do but play out the string? ... Jackson State at Mississippi Valley State (4:30 p.m., Itta Bena, 620 AM): Can the Tigers emerge from the Delta Devils' den with a victory? ... Mississippi State at Tennessee (5 p.m., Knoxville, Tenn., ESPN, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs could use that signature win about now.
Sunday, Feb. 27
NBA basketball, New York at Miami (7 p.m., ESPN): The Knicks and Heat will be far more entertaining than the Oscars.
Monday, Feb. 28
Men's college basketball, Jackson State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8 p.m., Pine Bluff, Ark., ESPNU, 620 AM): The Tigers' road to the SWAC title has gotten very rocky.
Tuesday, March 1
Boys high school basketball, MHSAA 5A State Tournament, Lanier vs. Forest Hill (2:30 p.m., Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson): The JPS rivals collide in the Big House and they will be playing for more than neighborhood pride. ... College baseball, Millsaps at Mississippi College
(6 p.m., Clinton): The Methodists call on the Baptists in a Maloney Trophy game.
Wednesday, March 2
Men's college basketball, UAB at Southern Miss (6 p.m., Hattiesburg, CSS, 1590 AM/105.1 FM) ... Ole Miss at Auburn (7 p.m., Auburn, Ala., Ch. 12, 97.3 FM): Speaking of playing out the string ... Mississippi State at Arkansas (8 p.m., Fayetteville, Ark., CSS, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs and Hogs continue the battle for second place in the SEC West.
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