Basketballs are bouncing in Tyler Cleveland’s dreams this week with the State MHSAA Tournament going on at Mississippi Coliseum. There are eight semi-final games a day going on Monday through Wednesday in the six classifications before the championship round begins on Thursday in the Mississippi brand of Hoosiers. Also defending national champion Mississippi State comes to Trustmark Park Wednesday night to face Southern Miss., and the Cleveland boys discuss the matchup.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.