Women's Final Four
?ESPN 7 PM
With an assist from—and apologies to—hip-hop queen Lauryn Hill, here's a little advice for the rest of the women's NCAA tournament field: Girls, you know you better watch out/The Vols, the Vols are only about/That ring, that ring, that ring. Tennessee's quest for four straight national championships (Thanks, Chamique Holdsclaw! right) reaches its penultimate hurdle tonight in San Jose, most likely against Connecticut and Big East player of the year Svetlana Abrosimova. In the other bracket bet on top-ranked Purdue (28-1), whose backcourt tandem of Ukari Figgs and Stephanie White-McCarty in November helped end a Lady Vols' 46-game win streak, to know, in the words of Dionne Warwick, the way to San Jose.
? CBS 3:30 PM; SUNDAY 2:30 PM
Some historical perspective on March Madness: This month has seen Brutus backstab Caesar, the start of the Russian revolution, Saudi Arabia's King Faisal assassinated by a deranged kinsman (note to self: avoid Uncle Lenny), would-be assassin John Hinckley's one not-so-shining moment hours before the 1981 Indiana-North Carolina final and the worthy rise to No. 1 of Gloria Gaynor's hit I Will Survive. Who will survive this weekend's final Final Four foreplay? The safe bet is Duke, whose record in East Regionals this decade is 2-0.
?HBO 10 PM
An NCAA basketball-themed package includes a profile of announcer Dick Vitale, dean of the See No Evil-Speak No Evil school of broadcasting, and a probe of the Louisiana State basketball program. Forward Lester Earl, who accepted $5,000 from a booster while at LSU, transferred to Kansas last year and got to keep both his eligibility and the loot in exchange for ratting on the Tigers. Can you guess which subject, Vitale or Earl, says the following: "[I'm] stealing money, baby!"
McDonald's All-American High School Game
?ESPN 9 PM
Did somebody say, McDynasty? Last week UCLA coach Steve Lavin suggested that in light of the number of McDonald's All-Americans on its roster, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski should consider erecting golden arches atop Cameron Indoor Stadium. The McBlue Devils currently have seven alumni of this all-star clash and, after tonight's renewal in Ames, Iowa, will add three more. Michael Dunleavy, Jr., a 6'7" forward from Portland, 6'11" center Casey Sanders of Tampa and McD's national player of the year, 6'2" point guard Jason Williams from Metuchen, N.J., are all Duke-bound.
Kings at Lakers
?TNT 10:30 PM
Who lit that charcoal fire under Chris Webber? The new King on the blocks, who is well on his way to unseating Los Angeles's Dennis Rodman as the NBA's premier glass man, is rebounding with the same joie de vivre that Roberto Benigni brings to acceptance speeches. Webber, center Vlade Divac and rookie point guard Jason Williams have generated so much highlight material this season that last week TNT added this matchup to its schedule. On March 10, the Lakers added All-Star forward Glen Rice to their roster, which means relieved L.A. fans can now order Kobe with Rice.
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