Georgetown heads a nine-game slate of area college basketball action tonight when the Hoyas host surprising St. Joseph's in an 8 p.m. game at the Hilltop. The game will be televised over WTTG-TV-5.

What is surprising about St. Joe's is its 9-7 record. The Hawks, member of Philadelphia's "Big Five," have recently fallen upon hard times and not much was expected of them this season.

Georgetown, on the other hand, was rated in the preseason as a top team on the East Coast. The Hoyas, however, have lacked a killer instinct.

Also tonight - American, smarting from Monday's 80-79 overtime defeat to Loyola entertains Drexel in its borrowed home court at Ft. Myer.

Drexel is languishing in last place in the East Coast Conference's Eastern Division with a 0-2 record, but is 9-5 overall.

AU is 1-0 in the same division, but has not played to potential of late and sports an 8-7 mark. Game time is 8 p.m.

Coppin State's high scoring forward, Tony Carter, should have little trouble finding the basket when the Eagles visit Galludet in a Potomac Intercotlegiate Conference contest.

Federal City hosts a men's women's basketball doubleheader at Carroll. The Pantherettes play Howard's women's team at 7 p.m., followed by FCC vs. Bowie State, men.