Maryland coach Lefty Driesell said yesterday his team is not frightened at the prospect of playing fourth-ranked North Carolina this afternoon at Carmichael Auditorium, where the Terps haven't won in three years.
"No, they don't fear North Carolina," said Driesell. "They better not."
While Maryland struggles to reverse a bumpy start in Atlantic Coast Conference play, Navy and George Washington will sit out their scheduled games due to heavy snow in other parts of the nation.
Navy's game at home against Yale was postponed indefinitely because the visitors have been unable to make the trip. GW's game at Villanova was postponed until 3 p.m. Sunday because Villanova was snowed in at South Bend, Ind.
Other games expected to take place as scheduled today include Westchester at Catholic, Howard at Delaware State, American at William & Mary, Smithdeal-Massey versus Strayer at Carver Recreation Center, Bowie State at St. Mary's, Virginia at Clemson, Medgar Evers at University of District of Columbia, Chesapeake at Montgomery-Takoma Park and Howard Community College at Montgomery-Rockville.
A decision was to be made early today concerning George Mason's planned game at Frostburg State, where there was more than two feet of snow on the ground yesterday.
At Maryland, Driesell has had to worry about more than the weather. The Terps lost three straight conference games - the worst league beginning in Driesell's eight-year reign - before winning at home Monday night against Clemson.
The Terps, 11-4 overall, have had their biggest problems in handling of the ball - an ailment that can be traced to Maryland's uncertain point guard situation.
As yet, the Terps have not found a replacement in the mold of John Lucas or Brad Davis, the last two players to man the position.
Freshman point guard Greg Manning, who leads the team in turnovers, has shared the spot with Bill Bryant. Both are exciting offensive players but both have defensive liabilities and average quarterbacking skills.
The point guards will be put to the extreme test this afternoon against All-America Phil Ford. Driesell said he wants to slow Ford and stop UNC's break.
"I'll start Manning," said Driesell, "but might give averybody a shot at Ford. I might even put Albert (King, a foreard) on him.
"I want to try and contain Ford and hope he doesn't go wild. He's great, but I don't think the key is just stopping him.
"They have good balance and a good bench. We have to play tough defense and not let them get in a wild running game. We won't run a delay but we'll just have to stop the fast break."
If the Tar Hells do use the fast break and build a lead, Driesell's next chore may be stopping the four-corner delay offense, which he has worked on this week.
"I think our win against Clemson help us," said Driesell. "This game could mean an awful lot if we won it."
UNC will probably get limited playing from center Rich Yonaker, who has just recovered from mononucleosis. North Carolina is 14-2, losing to William & Mary and Duke.
Catholic has won six of its last seven games for a 7-6 record. Senior forward Kevin Dziwulski said the turning point came after the 78-74 defeat to Rider, which pitched CU's mark to 1-5.
"Each player came to the conclusion that if we just did what the coach told us, we would win," said Dziwulski, who figured everyone was trying to compensate for the loss of last year's leading scorer, Glenn Kolonics. "The changes have come from within."[WORD ILLEGIBLE]