In a match-up of nearly mirrored styles, George Washington (5-2) will try to topple Virginia Tech from the unbeaten ranks of college basketball Friday night (7:30, WINX-1600).

Beating the Gobblers here is difficult, as witnessed by their 87 per cent winning average in Cassell Colliseum's 17-year history.

Tech's coach Charlie Moir has compiled a 7-0 record this season despite having to replace his entire front line that led the Gobblers to NCAA and NIT tournament bids the past two seasons.

It is a smaller, quicker front line than in the recent past, led by 6-foot-9 1/2 sophomore Wane Robinson, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was scheduled to start the season at forward, but senior center Sam Foggin broke a wrist and only returned to action in Wednesday night's 95-52 rout of Brown.

GW will be the Gobblers' first tough home test this season. They have won on the road at Penn State and Vanderbilt.

"They're beatable this year," GW coach Bob Tallent said today. "I may be wrong, but they lost three good people, three good inside people."

That's GW's strength this season, including 60 inside points in a 102-90 victory over Maryland. Tallent said he again will start Mike Zagardo at center, Tom Glenn and Les Anderson at forward, with Bob Lindsay and Tom Tate at guard.

Tallent thinks GW's inside game will be even stronger if Lindsay, a transfer from Florida, starts shooting more from the outside.

"He doesn't look for his shot enough," Tallent said. "He's a good outside shooter, but he's always scored in the past from the inside. He has to be more of an offensive threat, and that will loosen things up a bit."