Thursday, March 1
Boys high school basketball, MHSAA State Tournament, Provine vs. Brandon (8 p.m.): It's city vs. the suburbs at the Mississippi Coliseum in the first round of the Class 5A play.
Friday, March 2
Boys high school basketball, MHSAA State Tournament, Forest Hill vs. Murrah (2:30 p.m.): Here's another 5A game that matches two JPS teams that know each other very well. … Men's college basketball, NCAA Division III Regional, Occidental at Mississippi College (8 p.m., Clinton): The Choctaws are seeking their third straight trip to the Sweet 16. The final is Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3
Men's college basketball, Alabama A&M at Jackson State (5:30 p.m., 1400 AM): Will Trey Johnson lead the Tigers to the SWAC title in his final home game? … High school basketball, MPSA Overall Tournament, boys and girls finals (times TBA, Flowood): The question of who's best in academy basketball will be settled at Jackson Prep.
Sunday, March 4
Men's college basketball, Alabama at Mississippi State (1 p.m., Starkville, Ch. 12/105.9 FM): This game very likely will decide who wins the SEC West.
Monday, March 5
Pro baseball, Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees (noon, ESPN): Here's another sign of spring, exhibition baseball.
Tuesday, March 6
College baseball, Belhaven at Mississippi College (6 p.m., Clinton): The Maloney Trophy Series shifts to Clinton.
Wednesday, March 7
College baseball, Tougaloo at Belhaven (6 p.m., 930 AM): The city rivals collide at Smith-Wills Stadium.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S between trips to the Fairgrounds.