The Doctors of Dunk from the University of Louisville bring their entertaining, 12th-ranked act to Maryland tonight, in the feature event of an evening that should whet the appetite of any college basketball aficionado.
Seven of the area's nine Division I teams play at home, including George Washington, Howard, American and Virginia, in what figure to be excellent league games.
For the stay-at-home fans, five games will be televised in this area, starting with the 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference matchup between N.C. State and Virginia (WJLA-TV-7) and continuing almost nonstop until the Notre Dame-Marquette game ends around 10 p.m.
A capsule look at each of the area teams playing at home:
Louisville at Maryland (WJLA-TV-7) at 6:30 p.m. -- This game provides the Terrapins (11-3 after beating eighthranked N.C. State Wednesday for the second time this season) a chance to get back into the national rankings.
Like Maryland, Louisville loves to run. The jumping, jamming style of the Cardinals in recent seasons has led to the nickname "Doctors of Dunk." They also are 11-3 this season and are led by Darrell Griffith, who leads the team in scoring, stuffs, steals and turnovers.
Morgan State at Howard, 8 p.m. -- This is Howard's most intense Mid-Eastern %athletic Conference rivalry. Both teams are 9-3 and playing well Morgan State, playing its first MEAC game, has four of its five starters back from last year, losing only star center Pencil Evans, Garcia Hopkins, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward from DuVal High, is averaging 24 points for the Bears.
A.B. Williamson, the Howard coach, says he has noticed consisteny improvement in his Bison team coming into the first pressure contest of the season and the first home game in a month. Howard center Dorian Dent is playing his best ever, averaging 14 rebounds over the past nine games. Howard is 1-0 in the conference.
Pittsburgh at George Washington (WEAM-1390) at 8 p.m. -- This Eastern Eight contest is a must-win affair for GW, despite being so early in the season. The Colonials, 0-2 in the league and 5-6 overall, still are struggling with injuries and are not playing well.
They play their next two league games at home. Coach Bob Tallent figures if they survive those games, his team should be in good shape to finish among the top four teams and host a first-round playoff game. Tallent may start Curt Jeffries in place of Tom Tate at point guard.
Manhattan at Georgetown (WINX-1600) at 8 p.m. -- Georgetown, ranked 14th by the AP and 16th by UPI, is ready to start playing fast and furious full-time basketball, Coach John Thompson said yesterday. The Hoyas, who prefer the speed game, had been playing a slower-paced style this season because of inexperience.
Manhattan, a traditional Hoya rival, has lost eight straight games. Highscoring guard JoJo Walters (24.9 points per game) is out tonight for his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle. The Jaspers are 2-9, but have lost six games by four points or fewer and Thompson is worried that Manhattan could get hot at the end of the game and spring an upset unless the Hoyas set a fast early tempo.
Bucknell vs. American at Fort Myer, 8 p.m. -- The best-kept secret is that AU leads the Eastern Division of the East Coast Conference, which includes Temple and La Salle, with a 3-0 record. This is only AU's third home game of an 8-5 season, which includes a school-record eight straight victories.
Bucknell recently defeated St. Joseph's and stayed within 10 points of Maryland last month. The Bison have two top inside players to throw at AU: 6-8 junior forward Steve Sigl and 6-7 center Bob Barry, who averages almost 23 points a game.
N.C. State at Virginia (WJLA-TV-7) at 1:30 p.m. -- Virginia, which struggled in December, has its best team under Coach Terry Holland and is getting good play from sophomores Jeff Lamp and Lee Raker. The Cavaliers are 1-1 in the ACC, 7-4 overall. State needs a league win desperately after the two losses to Maryland.
New Hampshire at Navy, 2 p.m. -- Kevin Sinnett, the Mids' superb 6-6 forward from St. John's High, has an outside chance at becoming the academy's all-time leading rebounder (he needs 15) and is 93 points away from becoming its all-time leading scorer.
Catholic (3-10) is the only local Division I club on the road, at Colgate at 3 p.m. George Mason, the ninth Division I team in the area, is not scheduled.