Georgetown held the No. 1 spot in both the Associated Press and United Press International basketball polls, followed by De Paul, Duke, St. John's and Memphis State.
In the AP poll, the Hoyas got 63 of 64 first-place votes and 1,279 points from a national panel of sports writers and broadcasters. One first-place vote went to De Paul. In the UPI board of coaches poll, the Hoyas had 564 points, far ahead of De Paul's 528. (Complete polls, Page B8) . . .
Tackle Bruce Smith, who last week won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman, filed legal papers in Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court against his college, Virginia Tech, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He asked for a preliminary injunction so that he may play for Virginia Tech Saturday night against Air Force in the Independence Bowl.
In May 1983, the NCAA declared Smith and seven others ineligible for postseason play because of Tech's recruiting violations. The other players were reinstated . . .
Don Nelson, in his first season as basketball coach at Bowie State, has been temporarily released, the school said. Allan Brathway, an admissions counselor on campus, has taken Nelson's place on an interim basis. Neither Nelson nor Athletic Director John Organ was available for comment.