Despite four straight victories, Cirilo Manego, Southern at New Orleans basketball coach, believes his team has virtually no chance of defeating Georgetown at McDonough Gymnasium at 8 o'clock tonight.
In the only other game involving a local college team, Montgomery-Rockville will play Harford County in the semifinal round of the Catonsville Christmas Tournament.
"They're the only nationally ranked team on our schedule," said Manego. "I look at thei record and the teams they've played and I don't see how we can beat them. Of course, our players feel different. And they are the ones who have to play, no me."
Georgetown (7-1), whose only loss was to Nevada-reno, 87-77, in the final of the Wolf Pack Invitational last week, moved up one point to 13th in the UPI poll but dropped a notch to 15th in the AP.
Southern (6-3) should be the 19th consecutive home court victim of the Hoyas and the first of seven straight cupcakes Georgetown will face until its regionally televised game against Penn on Jan. 20.
Georgetown Coach John Thompson is hopeful the high-scoring Black Knights don't come out smoking so he can get in some much-needed playing time for his reserves. Because most of Georgetown's opponents have been top-ranked teams, Thompson has been forced to depend on his first unit much of the time.
Freshman Eric Smith, who played well in spot duty in Reno, Mike Hancock and Jeff Bullis, transfer student Terry Fenlon and junior Lonnie Duren, who has not scored, should see considerable playing time.