Howard, winner of five of its last six games faces one of its toughest tests of the season tonight when it hosts Illinois State at 8 p.m. in Burr Gymnasium.

The Bison (11-15) have played their best Basketball since the Christmas recess after a stumbling 6-4 start. Illinois State (13-4) has won five in a row and nine out of 10. The Redbirds are consistently one of the nation's most underrated teams. They are fourth in the nation in team defense.

In other local basketball news, American University center Bob (Piper) Harvey is expected to be released from Georgetown University Hospital today.

Harvey, a 6-foot-7 senior, was injured in a collision with teammate Dennis Ross in the Eagles' 81-79 loss to West Virginia Wednesday night. Harvey was examined yesterday and, according to doctors, suffered a mild concusion, a neck Sprain and bruised ribs. X-rays of the head and neck were negative. He was kept overnight for observation and because he is still slightly dizzy, an AU spokesman said.

Jeff Bullis, Georgetown's sophomore center-forward, has been cleared for practice after a stress test yesterday showed no heart irregularities.

Bullis was told he could start shooting today and practice Monday.

However, Coach John Thompson said he would not allow Bullis to take the court until he was completely sure of his absolute recovery.

Bullis was hospitalized Monday after complaining of a rapid uncomfortable heartbeat.