What will Georgetown's basketball team do without Patrick Ewing? The first insight may come in tonight's 8 o'clock game against Puerto Rico's national team at McDonough Gymnasium. Puerto Rico won the Central American Games gold medal last spring.
Maryland will have no easy time in an 8 o'clock exhibition game at Cole Field House against Athletes In Action (5-1), which has beaten Alabama-Birmingham, Pepperdine and Pacific.
Included on AIA's roster are former college standouts Tracy Jackson (Paint Branch High and Notre Dame), Lorenzo Romar (Washington), Mike Wiley (Long Beach State), Calvin Duncan (Virginia Commonwealth), Reid Gettys (Houston) and Keith Cieplicki (William and Mary).
Puerto Rico, making a Big East exhibition tour, lost to Villanova, 69-58, but defeated Seton Hall, 87-85, in overtime. The team's leading scorer and rebounder in the Puerto Rico Superior League is 6-5, 215-pound Mario Morales, who is averaging 24.8 points and 9.6 rebounds . . .
Drake will drop football next year, then scale back from NCAA Division I-AA to Division III for the 1987 season, President Michael Ferrari announced. Ferrari said he took the steps because of difficulty in supporting the program at its present level, and because of declining enrollment at the private, four-year university . . .
Texas, with five returning starters and two all-Americas, was selected by a nationwide panel of 60 coaches to win the women's NCAA Division I basketball title. The Longhorns collected 36 first-place votes and 1,157 points to finish first in the Associated Press' preseason poll. Georgia, which lost to Old Dominion in last season's NCAA title game, got 15 first-place votes and 1,126 points to place second . . .
Jostens Inc. has the chore of making rings for Clemson's four-year varsity lettermen -- one of whom is William (The Refrigerator) Perry of the Chicago Bears. Jostens said the size-22 ring will be one of the largest college rings in history with a diameter of 1 3/16 inches. An average man's ring is a size 10. Jostens' Denton, Tex., plant had to manufacture new tools, including a sizing gauge, to do the job . . .
Here's an opportunity for anyone who's wanted to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Saturday in Nashville, all those attending Vanderbilt's football game with Virginia Tech will be given a kazoo, forming the world's largest kazoo band. With Guinness officials on hand, the 40,000 or so fans will join the Oak Ridge Boys at halftime in renditions of "Elvira," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."