The night of Dec. 5 could be an extremely busy one at the Capital Centre -- four college and two professional basketball teams are scheduled to play there that night.
As a result of what is being called "a scheduling mixup," both the annual doubleheader involving Maryland, Georgetown, Navy and American and a Bullets-New York Knicks game are scheduled there that night.
"There was a mixup and they're both on the schedule for that night," Centre spokesman Bob Zurfluh said. "We're not sure where the error was made but we have talked to Frank Rienzo (Georgetown athletic director) and given him a number of alternative dates when the doubleheader can be played."
As of yesterday, however, Rienzo hadn't given up on playing the games -- Maryland meets Georgetown and Navy faces American -- on Dec. 5.
"We only became aware of this problem late last week," he said. "I'm working right now with the people at the Centre to resolve the problem.
"We've always had a good relationship with the Centre and we're still hopeful that we can play there Dec. 5. I'm really not thinking about alternatives right now. I'll cross that bridge if and when I get to it."
The only alternatives, it would appear, would be another date or moving the doubleheader to Cole Field House at Maryland. The Terrapins' gym seats 14,500, considerable more than the number of tickets sold for the early season event the two previous years it has been held.
Maryland's hopes of having junior college standout Jose Sosa in uniform for the basketball season continue to dim. The 6-foot-3 guard was unable to get credits transferred from Puerto Rico this week and Coach Lefty Driesell said it was "unlikely" Sosa will be in school. He already has missed two weeks of classes.