The Howard men's basketball team will play at North Carolina and against Georgetown at MCI Center during the 1999-2000 season, according to the schedule it released yesterday. The Bison, who finished 2-25 under first-year coach Kirk Saulny last season, will also play road games at DePaul, Delaware, LSU, Tulane and Michigan State. The Bison women will play at Maryland and George Washington, according to its schedule released yesterday.

HOKIES HOOPS: The Virginia Tech women's basketball team will face Duke at home and play at Virginia in nonconference games. The Hokies finished 28-3 last season and return three starters.

EXPANDING: Conference USA has targeted Texas Christian and Southern Methodist in the league's expansion plans, according to a published report. A source told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the league is likely to add the two schools within the next two weeks. Currently, SMU and TCU are part of the eight-member Western Athletic Conference. The conference lost eight other members this summer when they left to form the Mountain West Conference.

CAVS KICKER: For the second consecutive year, Virginia place kicker Todd Braverman has beaten out David Greene for the starting job just before the season begins. Braverman, a junior who started last year, will once again kick field goals and extra points, while Greene, a sophomore, will handle kickoffs. Braverman made 12 of 19 field goals last season and 38 of 39 extra points, but he was forced to compete for the starting spot again this summer.

DUCKY DEAL: The University of Oregon has given football coach Mike Bellotti a seven-year contract that will pay him more than $700,000 per season, the school said. Bellotti, 48, has led the Ducks to a 30-17 record and three straight postseason appearances in his first four seasons at Oregon.