Area college basketball previews
Maryland vs. Charleston Southern
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Comcast Center.
TV: Comcast SportsNet.
Radio: WJZ (105.7 FM, 1300 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM), WFMD (930 AM).
Outlook: Maryland kicks off its 2009-10 campaign against a Big South Conference opponent that went 9-20 last season. The Buccaneers lost two key contributors when starters Omar Carter and Tovi Bailey transferred out of the program in the offseason. The Terrapins will own a decisive advantage in size and overall talent over Charleston Southern, which should help freshman forwards James Padgett and Jordan Williams as they continue to grow accustomed to basketball at the Division I level. The eligibility of junior forward Dino Gregory remains in question and sophomore center Steve Goins continues to miss time because of a lingering knee injury.
-- Steve Yanda
Georgetown at Tulane
When: Approximately 9 p.m.
Where: Fogelman Arena, New Orleans.
Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), WTEM (980 AM).
Outlook: The 20th-ranked Hoyas (16-15 last season) return three starters: Center Greg Monroe, a New Orleans native who's expected to have nearly 100 friends and family in the stands for his hard-court homecoming; and junior guards Chris Wright and Austin Freeman. Tulane, 14-17 last season and picked to finish eighth in the 12-team Conference USA, isn't likely to offer tremendous resistance. The Green Wave doesn't start a player taller than 6 feet 7. Like Georgetown, they return three starters, including last season's top scorer Kevin Sims, a 5-10 senior guard, and 6-5 guard Kris Richard.