Cole Field House likely will not be sold out when Maryland faces North Carolina on Wednesday night. A Maryland official said last night that "a couple of thousand tickets are still available" for the Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

This is the first Maryland-Carolina game to be played in College Park while the students still are on vacation, the official said. But Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell's recent remarks--that the Terrapins aren't in the same class as Carolina --probably haven't helped ticket sales, either.

The Maryland-Carolina contest, at 7 p.m., is part of a college basketball bonanza Wednesday night.

Georgetown, which has won 10 straight games and is ranked No. 17, opens its Big East season at 9 against St. John's in New York's Madison Square Garden. The first game of that doubleheader features Wichita State, ranked No. 2 last week, but likely to fall after its first two losses of the season, against Iona.

Virginia, undefeated, ranked No. 3 and a likely candidate for No. 2 in this week's poll, faces Notre Dame at 9 at Capital Centre. And George Mason visits South Carolina at 8.

This week's college schedule begins tonight with Howard taking on Old Dominion at the Scope in Norfolk. The Bison end the week with home games against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents North Carolina A&T on Friday and South Carolina State on Saturday.

The University of the District of Columbia will play its first big home game Tuesday night against Division II power Mount St. Mary's at 8 in UDC's new gymnasium on the Van Ness Campus.

George Washington also travels to Norfolk, for the Old Dominion Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Navy, after Thursday's game with Baptist College, visits Temple, ranked second in the East's Widmer Poll.

The ACC schedule on Saturday has Maryland at Duke, and Virginia at North Carolina. Georgetown closes the week Sunday night with another Big East game, against Boston College at Capital Centre.