Washington-area colleges and universities again are talking about staging an annual basketball tournament involving the eight area schools that play the sports at the NCAA Division 1 level. Representatives of six of the eight schools -- Georgetown and Virginia did not attend -- met recently with the Greater Washington Sports Authority, which would cosponsor the tournament.

The meeting, according to three athletic directors who attended, was a fact-finding effort on the part of the sports authority to determine interest in such a project. Enough was shown that efforts to put together a tournament, perhaps as early as next season, will continue. At least five of the six schools represented, including Maryland, said they would participate.

It was decided that an eight-team tournament is not viable, so it is likely four teams would play each year on a rotating basis, according to the athletic directors.

"The whole conversation was a lot more amiable to do something than it's been in the past," said Jack Kvancz, athletic director at George Mason.

"I think it will happen," said Maryland's Dick Dull . . .

Maryland and Virginia each placed four men on the 1985 all-Atlantic Coast Conference football team announced by the Associated Press.

Maryland placed three players on the defense and one on the offense. Bruce Mesner was picked for the defensive line, Chuck Faucette was one of three linebackers selected and Al Covington was named to the defensive backfield. The Terrapins' Len Lynch was selected at offensive guard.

Virginia offensive linemen Jim Dombrowski and Harold Garren were unanimous picks for the team and running back Barry Word was the selection of all but one of the five ACC sportswriters and broadcasters who chose the team. Cavaliers placekicker Kenny Stadlin also was a unanimous choice. Stadlin leads the conference in scoring going into the final weekend, with 25 extra points and 16 field goals for 73 points.

At quarterback is North Carolina State's Erik Kramer. Hampered by a double hernia and a bruised hip toward the end of ths season, the junior rewrote the Wolfpack record book despite his team's 3-8 season . . .

Virginia's Word, meanwhile, missed practice yesterday and the Roanoke Times & World-News reported that his status for the team's final game, against Maryland Nov. 29, is in doubt. The newspaper, quoting unidentified sources, said Word was placed on academic probation before the season and has not lived up to the terms of the probation. Athletic Director Dick Schultz said, "Something was happening over there (the football office) this afternoon, but I haven't heard anything official yet." . . .

The Howard basketball program has signed 7-foot David Johnson of Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Va. The Bison will open their season tonight with an exhibition game against the Maryland All-Stars at 7 p.m. at Burr Gymnasium. The Maryland team is made up of former college players who live in the area . . .

Doug Porter, former football coach at Howard who is now coach and athletic director at Fort Valley (Ga.) State, is resting comfortably after suffering a heart attack Saturday in Frankfort, Ky.