The Best In Sports In 7 Days

Thursday, March 29
Men's college basketball, NIT championship (6 p.m., ESPN): Will Mississippi State get the chance to become the third straight SEC team to become the nation's best also-ran?

Friday, March 30
Pro baseball, Chicago White Sox at Atlanta (6 p.m., SportSouth): The Braves tune up for the regular season against the Dirty Sox.

Saturday, March 31
Pro soccer, Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA (7:30 p.m., Ridgeland): Local hero Justin Mapp and his Fire teammates face the Goats in a preseason contest at Freedom Ridge Park. The warm-up contest will pit Ole Miss vs. Southern Miss in a college women's game (4:30 p.m.). … Men's college basketball, Final Four, NCAA Tournament semifinals (both games on Ch. 12): You've come this far, so why not tune in for the clashes of titans? Georgetown faces Ohio State (5 p.m.), while Florida tackles UCLA (7:45 p.m.).

Sunday, April 1
College baseball, Trinity at Millsaps (noon): The weather is gorgeous (probably), so why not get outdoors and watch the Majors? … Pro baseball, New York Mets at St. Louis (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Mets do all the talking, the Cardinals do all the winning.

Monday, April 2
Men's college basketball, Final Four, NCAA Tournament championship (8 p.m., Ch. 12): A nation focuses its eyes on Atlanta for the championship while asking: "Who's gonna win the office pool?"

Tuesday, April 3
College baseball, Millsaps at Mississippi College (6 p.m., Clinton): The ancient rivals reconnect for a Maloney Trophy Series game.

Wednesday, April 4
College baseball, Jackson State at Belhaven (6 p.m.): The intracity rivals collide at storied Smith-Wills Stadium.

The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, in between beers.


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