Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, the most outspoken critic of the three-point field goal in the Atlantic Coast Conference, challenged CBS television analyst Billy Packer to a three-point shootout that will be televised at a time to be announced.

During halftime of yesterday's nationally televised game between Virginia and Missouri, CBS aired a piece interviewing several coaches on their reaction to the three-pointer. Driesell opened his segment by hitting a jumper from beyond the 19-foot arc, then a 19-foot hook shot, each on the first try, Driesell claimed.

Packer said Driesell was too poor a shooter at Duke to make the shots on the first try, at which point Driesell called the Meadowlands' Byrne Arena and challenged Packer to a shootout . . .

Forward Billy Ray Bates, waived by the Portland Trail Blazers last season and cut this season by the Washington Bullets, says he's been plagued by drugs and alcohol until recently.

"I just got back from a place called The Meadows, a place near Phoenix that's an alcohol and drug treatment program," Bates said late last week. "I was there for eight weeks. I really think I got a lot out of the program. I haven't had a drink now for 67 days and I haven't used any drugs.

"I'm not embarrassed about being there. This is a big problem in the whole United States," Bates said. "I've been dry for 67 days now and I really feel good." Bates said he hopes to return to the NBA . . .

The family of former St. John's University basketball star Sonny Dove has notified the city of New York of plans to sue for $100 million in the death of Dove, whose taxi plunged into a Brooklyn canal at an open drawbridge crossing.

"We're alleging that the accident occurred because the crossing was left open and unattended," said Joseph Napoli, the family's attorney.