Georgetown will be seeking to start another home-court winning steak tonight when the Hoyas host Samford in an 8 o'clock contest at McDonough Arena.

The 12th-ranked Hoyas (9-2) had their 20-game string of successes brought to a halt by a St. Joseph's slowdown Tuesday.

Other action has Maryland hosting Wake Forest at 1 p.m.; Virginia going against third-ranked North Carolina in a 8 p.m. contest in Chapel Hill; Howard playing Delaware in the Fairfield Tournament; Catholic meeting Virginia Commonwealth in the Siena tournament; Navy at St. Francis (Pa.) at 8; George Mason at Capbell (N.C.) College at 7,30; Montgomery-Tawoma at Montgomery-Rockville at 7:30, and Strayer at Medger Evers at 2:30.

Samford, from Birimingham, Ala., is led by freshman guard Steve Barker's 14.6-point average. Barker is deadly at the free-throw line, making 94 percent to rank third nationally. The Bullodgs (6-4) just returned from the Virgin Islands, where they split two games with an all-star team.

The Terrapins (10-2) will be after their ninth straight victory. Sophomore forward Albert King has recovered from an injury-marred start and has scored 20 points or more in the last four games to raise his average to 17.8.

Virginia (6-3) is coming off a 13-point victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. Junior guard Jeff Lamp, held to 11 points by the Deacons, still leads Atlantic Coast Conference scorers with a 21.7 average.

Stopping Navy's Kevin Sinnett will be the main problem for St. Francis. Sinnett leads the Mids (6-4) in scoring with a 21.2 average, rebounding (8.1) and field-goal percentage (55.3).

In women's basketball, third-ranked Maryland will face No. 6 Louisiana State at 1 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader in Madison Square Garden. Unbeaten and top-ranked Old Dominion plays Queens College a 3 p.m. game.

The Terps (7-1) suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of Nevada-Las Vegas last month; LUS's only setback was to Old Dominion.