The 1978 portion of this college basketball season will get under way this week with important contests for several area teams.

The new year marks the opening of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. Maryland (9-1) wets its feet Wednesday night when it hosts resurgent Duke. The Terps first Tobacco Road test is Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest.

Unbeaten Virginia opens conference play with home games against Wake on Wednesday and nationally second-ranked North Carolina Saturday night.

Georgetown, 8-2 with a championship in the ECAC Holiday Festival, should have a breather Tuesday when the Hoyas host North Carolina Central before taking on fellow Eastern power, St. John's, Saturday night on the Hilltop The Redmen were surprise first-round losers to Georgia Tech in the Maryland Invitational Tournament.

George Washington has slipped to 5-3 by losing two of three contests since dumping Maryland at the Smith Center. The Colonials will try to break that streak in Morgantown, W. Va., Friday night where they boast a remarkable three-game win streak over West Virginia.

Catholic's low-flying Cardinals (2-5) have the busiest schedule with four games, all on the road. After visiting St. Peter's and Wagner, Catholic will join American in the Fairfield Invitational Friday and Saturday.


Catholic at St. Peter's, 8


North Carolina Central at Georgetown, 8

UDC at Southeastern, 2


Morteomery - Takoma at Hariord C.C., 4

Howard C.C. at PGCC, 4

Muhlsenterg at Navy, 7:15

Wake Forest at Virginia, 7:30

American at Drexei, 8

Catholic at Wagnei, 8

Howard at St. Bonaventure, 8

Anne Arundel CC at Montgomery - Rockville, 8

Duke at Maryland, 9


George Washington at West Virginia, 8

Howard at Gannon, 8

Fairfield Invitational

American vs. Wagner, 6

Catholic vs. Fairfield, 8


Harford C.C. at Montgomery - Rockville, 2

Maryland at Wake Forest, 4

North Carolina at Virginia, 7:30

Charles C.C. at Montgomery - Takoma, 7:30

ST. John's at Georgetown, 8

Southeastern at Roanoke, 8

Rutgers vs. UDC at Dunbar H.S., 8

Fairfield Invitational

Consolation, 6

Championships, 8