Maryland's waltz through the last three weeks of December continues tonight when the Terrapins open their ACC season against the conference's newest team -- and its newest patsy -- Georgia Tech (WJLA-TV-7 at 8 p.m.). n

The Yellow Jackets (2-2) picked a bad year to join the ACC, having lost their three best players off a team that finished with a respectable 17-9 record a year ago.

This season, Tech has been less than impressive. Their two wins are over Wofford and Presbyterian and their losses are to Virginia and Georgia. In the Virginia game Coach Dwane Morrison tried to slow down the pace in a 55-37 loss, a tactic he may use tonight.

Maryland probably would combat that move by pressing from the start, something it did successfully Saturday in its rout of Catholic.

Center Buck Williams will be out for at least another week with a broken finger on his right hand, so Coach Lefty Driesell will continue to start Taylor Baldwin at center and rely heavily on Albert King (24.2-point average) to handle the offense for the Terps, 4-1 on the season.

Georgia Tech, scoring only 62 points a game, has two offensive weapons, 6-4 guard Brook Steppe, averaging 19 points a game and 6-7 forward Lenny Horton, averaging 16 points a contest.

Elsewhere, George Washington (2-2) comes off a 10-day exam break to host Mount St. Mary's at 8 p.m. in the Smith Center. Mount St. Mary's (6-0) is a tough division II team.

The Colonials, led in scoring by Brian Magid (15.5) and Mike Zagardo (13.3), who is just rounding into form after struggling through preseason on a bad ankle, play at Richmond Saturday before taking another break, this one of 12 days.