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
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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Overnight rating for Sunday's NCAA Men's Tournament game on CBS
at noon. NBC's Nets-Heat game in the same timeslot got a 3.4
"Boxing's cesspool opens to emit an unconscionable odor," said
TVKO's Jim Lampley after the Holyfield-Lewis farce last
Saturday. Contrast that to CBS college basketball announcer
Kevin Harlan, who earlier that evening said that a Weber State
player with two alcohol-related convictions this season had had
an "interesting" year. If Lampley were calling the NCAA
tournament, he might have said, "The kid's a punk, but he can
shoot the rock, so he's playing."