Georgetown's basketball team always is looking to improve. Virginia Tech's just wants to play to get its mind off its offcourt troubles. Each will get its wish tonight when they play at Hampton Coliseum.

Georgetown (3-0) probably will play without junior guard Bobby Winston. He's doubtful after spraining his left wrist and index finger in Saturday's 81-45 victory against VMI.

The Hokies (3-1) have gotten off to a surprising start. On Oct. 2, former coach Charlie Moir resigned in the wake of the Tech athletic department scandals that led to a two-year NCAA probation for the basketball team. New coach Frankie Lewis was left with about six weeks to get his team ready for the season.

However, after opening the season with a loss to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the Big Apple NIT, Tech has three straight victories, including a 91-74 win Monday at James Madison.

"You more or less know how the Hoyas are going to play," Lewis said. "I don't think they're going to come at you with any secret plays or trick defenses. We're going to continue to go out and just play our game. If you go out and make adjustments for every opponent on your schedule, it probably does more harm than good."

Tech is led by sophomore guard Bimbo Coles, who averages 19.5 points per game. He scored 25 points on 10-of-13 field goal shooting in Tech's 101-73 victory against Southern California on Nov. 30. Against James Madison, he made seven assists and shut down Benny Gordon, who is considered the Colonial Athletic Association's best guard.

"Somebody like Coles is not only capable of controlling the ball, he's capable of scoring," Georgetown Coach John Thompson said. "He presents a lot of problems. Everyone I have spoken with likes him."

Guard Wally Lancaster, a former All-Met from Washington D.C.'s Coolidge High School, averages 18.5 points per game and leads the Hokies with 11 three-point field goals.