George Washington University's basketball team, with team leader Bob Lindsay almost fully recovered from injured knee ligaments, visits Duquesne tonight at 8 o'clock in what could be an important Eastern Eight game for the Colonials.

If GW wins its final three conference games -- against Duquesne, Massachusetts and West Virginia -- it is almost assured of opening the league playoffs at Smith Center.

The Colonials occupy fifth place in the league with a 3-4 mark and are 11-10 overall. The top four regular-season finishers open the playoffs at home.

Lindsay tore ligaments against Villanova Dec. 4 and reinjured the knee in the rematch against the Wildcats.

The guard-forward has almost regained full speed. He scored 12 points in 27 minutes Saturday night against Richmond as GW won its third straight game. Mike Samson led the Colonials in that game with 32 points.

Duquesne's main man is 6-foot-2 guard B.B. Flenory, the Eastern Eight scoring leader at 21 points per game. Flenory scored 89 points in back-to-back Christmas tournament games.

The Dukes are in sixth place in the Eastern Eight at 2-5 and are 11-8 overall.

Georgetown (18-4) plays host to Division II Stonehill of North Easton, Mass., at 8 o'clock. The Hoyas are ranked 16th in the UPI and AP polls.

Georgetown forward Steve Martin, who suffered a scratched cornea in a Hoya victory over Seton Hall Saturday, is expected to play.

Stonehill (10-8) is led by 6-7 center Bill Zolga, who averages 22 points and 10.9 rebounds, and shoots 63 per cent from the field.

Virginia will be at Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference game (WJLA-TV-7), at 9 p.m.

In other games, Montgomery College-Takoma Park visits Cecil Community College at 7, Montgomery College-Rockville hosts Chesapeake Community College at 7:30, Prince George's Community College is at Charles Community College at 7:30 and Hagerstown Junior College descends on Gallaudet at 8.