Tonight Terps try again for magic eight


For the second year running, the University of Maryland Terrapins try to make the round of eight in college basketball's annual "March Madness," playing in the national network spotlight.

* "NCAA Tournament" (7:30 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- But first, in the West Regional playoffs, UCLA and Mississippi State meet in the opening game of the double-header. The big game, Maryland vs. the University of Connecticut, has an approximate tip-off time of 10:35 p.m. CBS.

* "Maryland State of Mind" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The University of Maryland System and Maryland Public Television collaborate four times a year for documentaries about that other side of the college experience -- education. Host Scott Simon, usually heard on National Public Radio, introduces stories on vaccine research, troubled teens and the use of home computers to gain college credit. MPT.

* "Three Amigos" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 54) -- Riding high from earlier stardom on "Saturday Night Live," Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase rode their careers into at least temporary trouble in this not-so-clever spoof of westerns. They portray actors mistaken for gunfighters, who must rescue a town from tyranny. WNUV.

* "The Commish" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In an original episode on a night of many basketball-inspired repeats, detectives investigate an investment swindle as Tony and Rachel (Michael Chiklis and Theresa Saldana) wait for results of her breast-cancer test. ABC.

* "Women's Voices: It Was a Wonderful Life" (11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., VTC MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Actress/director Jodie Foster has cut quite a visible figure locally, making a movie in and around Baltimore. Now, she turns up on this MPT series, which spotlights films by independent female producers. Ms. Foster narrates a story of six unconventionally homeless women. MPT.


* "West Side Story" (8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., TNT) -- Based on "Romeo & Juliet" but now an inescapable swatch of Americana, composer Leonard Bernstein's best-known legacy is a special presentation of "Our Favorite Movies: TV Talkers." In commercial breaks, John Tesh ("Entertainment Tonight") tells viewers his father fell in love with just three women: his wife, Jackie Kennedy and this film's Maria (Natalie Wood). The 1961 movie won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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