The Supreme Court will consider reversing a victory that Nevada-Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian won in his legal battle with the NCAA.

The justices agreed to review a decision barring the NCAA from suspending Tarkanian as UNLV coach for alleged recruiting and other violations in 1976. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled last August that the association violated Tarkanian's constitutional rights by failing to afford him due process in its 2 1/2-year investigation.

The NCAA placed the UNLV basketball program on two years' probation in 1977 for recruiting violations and ordered the university to suspend Tarkanian from coaching for two years. But Tarkanian was able to obtain a court order blocking the suspension and continued coaching . . .

Virginia Tech basketball coach Frankie Allen's acknowledged mistake that resulted in a drunk driving arrest will not cost him his job, Athletic Director David Braine said.

But Braine said the contract Allen is expected to sign shortly has a sobriety clause that could lead to termination if another such arrest occurs.

"We do not want to penalize anybody for a one-time mistake," Braine said. "A mistake has been made, and Coach Allen used poor judgment when he did not take the breath test," after his arrest in Salem, Va., early Friday, Braine said. ". . . There's no way in the world we are going to turn our back on him."

Allen said he had been drinking Thursday night while at a friend's house discussing his new contract with an attorney. On the way to his Roanoke home, he crashed into a utility pole.

Asked why he did not take the breath test, Allen said, "I'd just been involved in an accident. I was shaken up or whatever, and just chose not to." . . .

Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart launched an expletive-peppered tirade during a live postgame radio network show, prompting KMOX of St. Louis to cut the show off the air and sparking 15 complaints to KGBX of Springfield. Stewart first began yelling at Joe Castiglione, Missouri's director of marketing communications, for talking to a reporter during the broadcast. Stewart then lambasted the press in further on-air comments . . .

University of Miami center Tito Horford was not allowed to travel with the Hurricanes to Virginia Commonwealth for last night's game because the 7-foot-1 sophomore has been cutting classes.

"He won't be in any trouble if he buckles down right away . . ." Coach Bill Foster said. "Of course, we'd like to have him for this game, but it's more important to keep him eligible. If we coaches don't do a good job of stressing academics, someone else will." . . .

Rotimi Alakija, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian who collapsed fatally Friday during Indiana State basketball practice, died from an enlargement of the heart, the Vigo County coroner confirmed in Terre Haute. Alakija, 21, also suffered from other hereditary complications, the coroner said . . .

Led by Temple, the top four in the Associated Press basketball poll (Page E7) held firm. Georgetown fell out, its No. 18 spot taken by Georgia Tech in its first top 20 appearance since the preseason ratings.