Maryland center Brian Williams is considered "very doubtful" and guard Steve Hood is "questionable" for tonight's 9 p.m. game at Cole Field House against Georgia Tech, Coach Bob Wade said yesterday.

The 6-10 Williams has started all 18 games this season, including Saturday night's 70-65 victory at Old Dominion, in which he sprained his left ankle. The freshman went down with 12:10 left in the first half, and later was taken to a Norfolk hospital for X-rays. He returned to College Park on the team bus.

"We don't know the final diagnosis {on Williams} because he's scheduled to see Dr. {Stan} Lavine {today}," Wade said. "He's in a protective cast and an ace bandage."

Hood did not even dress for the Old Dominion game, having sprained his ankle Friday night. Wade said Hood participated in shooting drills at yesterday's practice, and did some exercises.

"He moved around on it, he was not limping," Wade said. "It's still swollen."

If the two don't play, Wade said he might start 6-9 Tony Massenburg at center and use either Keith Gatlin or Teyon McCoy at guard.

"It just means we have to move people up in our rotation," Wade said. "We'll be all right."

McCoy started at one guard Saturday night and had four points, while Gatlin came off the bench, hit a couple key three-pointers and finished with 13 points. Dave Dickerson started for the first time since the fourth game, and had eight points. Massenburg came off the bench Saturday and had 10 points.

The victory over Old Dominion was Maryland's second consecutive nonconference road triumph and it pushed the Terrapins' overall record to 12-6, while their Atlantic Coast Conference record remains at 3-3.

Williams probable absence takes away one advantage the Terrapins would have had over the Yellow Jackets (15-6, 2-4). Georgia Tech is led by forwards Duane Ferrell and Tom Hammonds, but they are not nearly as strong at center. Sophomore James Munlyn is 6-11, but doesn't start and played only one minute in the Yellow Jackets' 71-70 victory over De Paul.

Georgetown also has frontcourt problems, but in Saturday's 66-59 loss at Connecticut, it was a lack of scoring rather than injuries. Georgetown improved its outside shooting, but the only Hoyas to score in the second half were guards: Charles Smith, Mark Tillmon, Dwayne Bryant and swing man Jaren Jackson.

Perry McDonald was held to one point in the first half, but he still had 25 percent of the Hoyas' frontcourt points.

"I think we're executing as far as jump shots," McDonald said, "but you can't win off of jump shots. You have to get the ball inside. Even though the guys might not turnaround and shoot the ball, you still need to get the ball inside so the people cannot collapse on you and you can just throw the ball back out."

Saturday, Connecticut packed its zone in on McDonald. Though Smith and Tillmon were able to shoot quite a few three-pointers (Georgetown was nine of 15), the Hoyas couldn't get many shots in the lane. When they did, forward Cliff Robinson (nine blocks) was usually there.

With a 4-5 record in the Big East (14-6 overall), the Hoyas are almost in a must-win situation as they head for Seton Hall Tuesday. And they still have games with Pittsburgh, Villanova, Syracuse and St. John's.

This will be an important week in the Colonial Athletic Association as well. There are three teams tied for first place with 6-2 conference records. Two of them -- George Mason and North Carolina-Wilmington -- will play tonight at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington. Richmond, the other 6-2 team, plays George Mason Saturday night at the Patriot Center.

Staff writer David Aldridge contributed to this report.