Craig Shelton, Georgetown's standout senior forward, will start tonight's opening-round game in the Nike Cage Classic in Albuquerque with a shot at the NCAA record for consecutive field goals.
Shelton made all 10 of his field-goad attempts in the Hoyas' 76-69 loss to top-ranked Indiana Tuesday night and now has made 19 straight shots dating to his last attempt against Maryland 10 days ago. The NCAA record for consecutive field goals was set last season by American's Ray Voelkel, who made 25 consecutive shots coming off the bench for the Eagles.
Shelton, 6-foot-7, basically is an inside player. During his current streak, he has had several dunks and layups but also has made a number of shots from about 10 feet, the turnaround jumper being one of his favorite shots from in the lane.
The 16th-ranked Hoyas take a 3-1 record into tonight's game against Loyola of Los Angeles. Shelton did not play in the opener against Bowie State because of minor oral surgery that week. In the Maryland game, he shot seven for 10, missing his next-to-last shot, then making his final attempt of the game. He then went eight for eight against St. Leo last Saturday before his 10 for 10 at Indaina.
Shelton, a 56 percent career shooter, has made 25 of 28 shots from the floor so far this season.
Georgetown will play again Sunday night, either against host New Mexico or Houston, the other two teams in the tournament.
Closer to home, Maryland (3-1) will play Catholic (2-3) tonight at 8 o'clock at Cole Field House. The game marks the first time the two schools have played since 1944, when they split two games. Both are coming off exams this week, although the Cardinals played Monday night and came away with a thrilling 68-67, double-overtime win over St. Joseph's.
Coach Jack Kvancz like to play a deliberate game. If his team does get ahead, he does not hesitate to go to a delay-type offense. If the Terps jump ahead early and force Catholic out of its zone, the Cardinals probably cannot compete with them. In a slow game, however, Catholic has the intelligence and the coaching to make Maryland sweat.
Driesell will join Dutch Morley and Greg Manning at guard for the first time this season tonight. Driesell has been starting Reggie Jackson at the point but has reached the conclusion that Jackson is better off sharing time in the wing with Manning. Freshman Jon Robinson will see more playing time behind Morley at the point.
Taylor Baldwin will continue to start at center, with starter Buck Williams, his broken finger now in a splint, hoping to be back for Wednesday's Acc opener against Georgia Tech.
American also is home tonight, playing Delaware at Fort Meyer in an 8 o'clock game. The Eagles (3-3) routed St. Mary's Thursday, with Boo Bowers tossing in 32 points. They will need a solid performance to beat the Blue Tens, who dropped a two-point decision to Navy Tuesday.
The Midshipmen (3-1) also face a tough test, even though their opponent tonight, Pennsylvania, is 0-4. The Quakers looked more like the team that reached the last year's NCAA Final Four Tuesday in losing, 70-57, to second-ranked Duke. The game is at 5 o'clock in the Palestra.
Virginia (4-0) ranked 14th in the country comes off its 10-day exam break with a game that should be a break, facing Brigham Young-Hawaii tonight in Hawaii, the first game of a two-game Hawaiian swing.
The University of the District of Columbia hits the road at Trenton State.
Only one of the local women's teams is in action tonight, 10th-ranked Maryland (3-0) playing the first game of the doubleheader at Cole Field House against Edinboro State (5-3). Tipoff is 5:30.